INSPIRE Knowledge Base


EUCC-INSPIRE pan-European Coastal Information Interest Group
Mission and Objectives: 
EUCC promotes coastal management that integrates biodiversity conservation with those forms of development that sustain the integrity of landscapes, the cultural heritage and the social fabric of our coasts taking into account the effects of climate change. EUCC advocates best practice by developing coastal and marine policies, mobilising experts and stakeholders, providing advice and information, and implementing demonstration projects. EUCC plays a major role in encouraging coastal information stakeholder engagement in a wide range of pan-European projects that include data policy dimensions, portals to coastal information, use of remote sensing data, and encouraging a cross-disciplinary approach to investigating and resolving coastal issues.
Formal Mandate: 
EUCC - The Coastal Union is a non-profit association with members and member organisations in 40 countries. Founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting coastal conservation by bridging the gap between scientists, environmentalists, site managers, planners and policy makers, it has grown since then into the largest network of coastal practitioners and experts in Europe, with 14 National Branches and offices in seven countries. EUCC’s working area is Europe and neighbouring regions (especially the Black Sea, the Caspian and the Mediterranean).
EUCC have had direct experience in regard to using remote sensing information for the coastal community via participation in the GMES Service Element (GSE) project COASTWATCH. They are also project partners in MOTIIVE - Marine Overlays on Topography for Annex II Valuation and Exploitation, one of the INSPIRE implementing rules development and validation projects. Thus, EUCC are well placed to understand the information needs of a wide range of stakeholders engaged in diverse aspects of coastal zone management around the EU, especially with regard to integrating thematic (marine-based) data with core (landward, topographic) data sets.Other projects in which the EUCC is currently active include: The development of a European Coastal and Marine Ecological Network: · Dnester Delta · EECONET Action Fund · Implementation of the EU Nature directives in the marine environment · Pan European Ecological Network Map (S.E. Europe) · Poland Oder Delta Nature Park Integrated Coastal Zone Management and sustainable development in coastal areas and waters: · Coastal Practice Network (CoPraNet) and CoPraNet network expansion · CoastLearn (coasts and climate) · Corepoint · ENCORA · HELCOM · ICZM in Romania · ICZM in the Oder delta · ICZM Progress Indicator set · Integrated Coastal Area & River Management · MOTIIVE · The benefits of ICZM Recently completed projects include: · Coastal Code · ECMEN · ENRISK · EUROSION · ICZM in the Black sea · Linking ICZM to Biodiversity · Pan European Ecological Network Map (N.E. Europe) · PECMEC · Quality of Coastal Towns · Sustainable tourism in Russia · Ten for Nature EUCC’s role in many projects is to provide communication links to and within the target coastal and marine communities that are most affected by the projects. EUCC, via its international secretariat and numerous national organisations, acts as representative of an exceptionally wide coastal stakeholder community.
The EUCC is directly involved in formulating European coastal policy aimed at a sustainable use of the coastline whilst protecting areas of high natural values. The work is being primarily conducted in the European Union and the regional seas – the eastern Atlantic seaboard, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. The main thrust of our policy work is: 1. The development of a European Coastal and Marine Ecological Network by promoting: · the implementation of initiatives and legislation that contribute to the protection of the European coastal and marine ecological network, and · the protection of the European coastal and marine ecological network through the application of a combination of legal conservation instruments, integrated approaches, sectoral measures, and nature restoration. 2. Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Sustainable Development in coastal areas and waters by contributing to: · the development and implementation of integrated planning and management as mechanisms for sustainable development in marine, coastal and riverine areas (ICZM, IMCAM and ICARM), · the dissemination and implementation of best practices on sustainable coastal and marine management, · the knowledge base and the availability of information for coastal and marine management and conservation, and · sustainable coastal and marine tourism through helping to develop initiatives for information provision for visitors. 3. Coast and Climate by encouraging: · safe, effective but environmentally sound coastal erosion management strategies and their implementation. 4. Network building by assisting and supporting: · the development of a network of coastal practitioners and research. This policy work is conducted through a large number of projects supported by the EU, the Dutch government and other funding agencies. Different aspects of science, education, nature conservation and sustainable development issues and practices are combined, in close collaboration with local and regional authorities, NGOs and local groups.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    coastlines and coastal zones of all EU member states
    Societal Sector
    Current and past projects have involved and impacted upon local, national and regional (pan-European) government and commercial firms supplying information products and services to these sectors of government.
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Participated in the GMES Service Element project COASTWATCH and partner in the current FP6 SSA MOTIIVE data harmonisation and integration project, responsible for coastal community stakeholder engagement and input to the cost-benefit analysis. EUCC members have been involved directly (via project work) or indirectly (via consultation initiatives) with SDI preparations since the ETeMII project in 2000.
    Environmental application domains
    EUCC member organisations are involved in: Coastal Zone Management, Monitoring Coastal Areas, Monitoring Water Pollution, Coastal Erosion Prevention and Management, Water Resources Management, Monitoring Biodiversity, Monitoring Wetlands, Monitoring Bathing Water, Climate Change, Spatial Planning, Floods prevention and management
    Primary Business
    Pan-European association representing diverse organisations responsible for diverse aspects of coastal management across Europe. Main function is as focal point for initiatives and stakeholder engagement and communication.