14-18 October 2008, Akyaka, Turkey



MEDCOAST organised the First Internationa Conference / Workshop on the State-ofthe-Art of ICM in the Mediterranean & the Black Sea: Immediate Needs for Research, Education/Training & Implementation (MED & Black Sea ICZM 96) in Sarigerme(Turkey) during 2-5 November 1996 in collaboration with the Mediterranean Action Plan / Priority Action Programs Regional Activity Centre of UNEP, and the GEF Black Sea Environmental Programme. Oral presentations (invited and proposed) were made in two parallel sessions. These were followed by three parallel group study sessions. The Conference proceedings that included the manuscripts of the papers presented in the conference were published.

Significant progress has been made in the management of coastal areas of either basin at both national and regional levels since the first conference as the result of work supported and carried out by national, regional and international organizations and the efforts of NGO community. The Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean signed by the majority of the Mediterranean countries in January 2008, which is the first regional legal instrument on this subject, is an indication of the level of present undertakings for ICM.

After 12 years, it is considered timely to review again the state-of-the-art of ICM in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea countries by utilizing the format of the first conference and by making reference to the findings in 1996. Similar to the 1996 conference, the aim of the second conference is to provide a platform for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea countries to share their problems and successful experiences for ICM and to contribute to bi-lateral and regional collaboration for joint efforts to enhance ICM in both basins. Oral and poster presentations will report and review the important coastal management issues, efforts and systems that prevail today at national and regional levels.

The conference presentations will be in the following categories:
- Invited papers by experts on subjects of regional significance;
- Country reports (invited);
- Proposed papers on country experiences;
- Proposed papers on ICM issues of the either basin.

Following the paper presentations, the study groups will meet in three parallel sessions to review the present needs in:
- Research and monitoring for ICM, regional scale projects significant for either basin;
- Capacity building (education and training) for ICM, regional collaboration;
- Implementation of ICM (national and regional).

The findings and recommendations of the study groups as well as the significant messages from the presentation sessions will be summarised in the Conclusions of the Conference.


Abstract Submission: May 31, 2008
Acceptance Notification: June 16, 2008
Manuscript submission: Sept 15, 2008


Contact MEDCOAST Secretariat for abstract submission and more information:
MEDCOAST Secretariat
c/o Middle East Technical University
06531 Ankara - Turkey
Telephone: 90 - 312 - 210 54 29
Facsimile: 90 - 312 - 210 79 87



Abstracts for MED & Black Sea ICM 08 Conference must be submitted to the MEDCOAST Secretariat no later than 31 May 2008.

They should be in word or pdf format, limited to single-spaced one page. The names, titles, and affiliations of each author, together with the mailing address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author must be indicated below the title.

Abstracts should summarise the major theme, findings and conclusions of the paper to be presented in the conference. Family name(s) of author(s) should be underlined. In the upper right hand corner of the first page, the theme of ICM that is addressed by your paper must be indicated. In case the paper is co-authored, please indicate at the end of the abstract, the person who will present the paper at the conference.

Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail to In the subject box of the e-mail, MED & Black Sea ICM 08 - Corresponding Author's name should be written. The file name of the abstract should be the name of the corresponding author (e.g.: Williams.doc)

Notification of acceptance of an abstract, together with the format for preparation of manuscripts and submission instructions, will be e-mailed to the corresponding author from the MEDCOAST Secretariat by 16 June 2008. The final manuscript, prepared in full accordance with the instructions must be sent to the MEDCOAST Secretariat by 15 September 2008, by e-mail or in a CD. This is essential for a paper to be included in the Conference Proceedings and the presentation in the Conference Program.

The Program Committee and the MEDCOAST Secretariat will accept or reject papers based on the information in the abstracts and will assign accepted papers to appropriate sessions. The final selection of a paper for inclusion in the conference program and in the proceedings will be made on the basis of the manuscript submitted.



Akyaka is a tiny tourist resort located at the tip of the famous Gokova Bay, a declared Natural Site, also a Specially Protected Area and one of the most attractive locations in the Mediterranean Sea for yachting. There are several good web sites that provide various information about Akyaka and surroundings. Examples are:


Please visit the following address for more information on the Gokova Yucelen Hotel:



There are two international airports in the vicinity of Akyaka. These are Dalaman (60-70 minutes by car) and Bodrum (100-110 minutes by car) (See the map below). Direct flights operate to both airports from a number of European cities mostly during summer season. Please check these as the first option.

A second option is to fly to Istanbul and take a domestic flight to either airport (though Dalaman is a better choice). You may of course enjoy a short stay in Istanbul by using this opportunity! 

Another alternative is to fly to Izmir International Airport from Europe and take a taxi to Akyaka. The trip takes about three hours.

The conference organisation will arrange transfers between Dalaman Airport and Akyaka on October 13 and October 19.




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