Posted by: Hendra Siry | 28 December, 2007

Handbook on Indicators for Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management

This handbook is intended to serve the needs of those coastal and ocean managers confronted with the daily tasks of measuring the progress of their programmes and projects and isolating their ecological and socioeconomic outcomes. The handbook aims to contribute to the sustainable development of coastal and marine areas by promoting a more outcome-oriented, accountable and adaptive approach to ICOM.

  • It provides a step-by-step guide to help users in developing, selecting and applying a common set of governance, ecological and socioeconomic indicators to measure, evaluate and report on the progress and outcomes of ICOM interventions.
  • Intended as a generic tool with no prescriptive character, the handbook proposes analytical frameworks and indicators that form the basis for the customized design of sets of indicators.
  • The handbook also includes results, outcomes and lessons learned from eight pilot case studies conducted in several countries. A network of ICOM experts in these countries has also been established.
  • The target audience is wide, and includes coastal and ocean managers, practitioners, evaluators and researchers.
  • The handbook forms part of an IOC toolkit on indicators. Its preparation is part of an effort to promote the development and use of ICOM indicators led by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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