Project for the Elaboration of the Coastal Management Plan and Law for the Coastal Management of the State of Sergipe (Brazil)

Client: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) / Secretary of Tourism of the State of Sergipe (PRODETUR / SE)

Dates: May 2016 – May 2019

Summary: this project, financed by the PRODETUR/SE (IDB) fund for the sustainable development of tourism in the state of Sergipe, focuses on the preparation of a coastal and territorial management plan on the Sergipe coast, comprising the both terrestrial and marine environments. The project scope includes a total of 18 municipalities and three major tourism regions (Costa dos Coqueirais, Tabuleiros and Velho Chico). The Coastal Management Plan (GERCO) is a planning instrument that stems from the National Environmental Policy, which resulted in the approval Federal Law No. 7,661, of 05/16/88 on Coastal Management of Brazil and Decree 5,300/04 which establishes the objectives, guidelines and complementary instruments for its implementation.

The purpose of the GERCO Plan and the law for its implementation is to contribute to the sustainable development of the coast of the state of Sergipe and to improve the well being of local communities in the coastal region. Specifically, the work focuses on the planning and regulation of productive uses and activities that occur on the coast to ensure the conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem services they support.

Following these premises, the international team of consultants carried out a comprehensive work that goes from the socio-environmental diagnosis of the coastal region, to the organization of several participatory workshops with the communities and with the State Technical Commission for Coastal Management (CTE/GERCO), complemented with the elaboration of a proposal of Ecological-Economic Zoning (ZEE), which will lay the territorial basis for the sustainable management of uses in the coastal region. Specifically, the following activities where developed:

  1. Contextualization of the region through the collection and analysis of information from primary and secondary sources.
  2. Preparation of meetings, workshops, events, public hearings and interviews with project stakeholders.
  3. Preparation of a proposal for the territorial planning of the coastal region, including economic and environmental zoning and potential use mapping.
  4. Developing of a proposal for the updating of management and legal instruments to improve urban and territorial management.
  5. Promoting the participation of all government institutions, civil society, academia and private sector in the elaboration of the Plan.