ICZM: Knowledge-Based Integrated Coastal Area Management in the Balearic Islands (towards a Sustainability Strategy for the Coast in the Balearic Islands)
  The preservation of the environment and the recovery of coastal areas are necessary elements to guarantee the sustainability of the coast of the Balearic Islands and are equally defining elements in the maintenance and improvement of the population’s wellbeing, the competitiveness of economic activity and the conservation of natural heritage and the social and cultural values of the islands’ residents.
  Responding to these needs, the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Spanish Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) created, in February 2005, within IMEDEA the Integrated Coastal Area Management Unit (UGIZC), an initiative that takes as its starting point the need for quality research as a key element in achieving a truly sustainable management of the coast of the Balearic Islands.
  This initiative comprises more than thirty-five research projects and more than fifty researchers from various discipline, something that makes I+D+i GIZC the most important interdisciplinary research project for Balearic society.
  The I+D+i GIZC questions:

Why is the cosastal zone so important?