Science and innovation: To answer scientific and innovative questions on ICZM, which are of fundamental and supraregional importance, but based on concrete regional requirements. In addition shortcomings must be exposed and scientific perspectives for the future created.
Regional-national-international transferability: To support a regional ICZM, which essentially can be transferred regionally, and which plays a decisive role for the development of a national ICZM strategy in Germany and can also be regarded as a successful international case study.
Integration of catchment area, coast and Baltic Sea: To provide a spatially integrative perspective on processes, structures, planning etc. on the background of a desired catchment area-coastal management (Water Framework Directive, UNEP, LOICZ).
Infrastructures: To create permanent structures that function as a long-lasting umbrella for ICZM and exceed the project duration. The infrastructure shall integrate regional projects as well as to promote the practical regional implementation of ICZM in the long run. The project does not deal with the practical implementation of single measures, but supports the initiation of an implementation by scientific advice, the search for funding and the provision of a supporting infrastructure and the integration in the project.
Participation and communication: To test and to evaluate procedures to integrate the public (regional Agenda 21 in cooperation with local agendas), to improve cross-border communication, information flow and cooperation as well as to promote the coastal catchment area dialogue. The objective is not the creation of further new structures, but the support, exploitation, concentration and optimization of existing activities and structures with regard to ICZM.
Vision and strategy: To stimulate a vision and strategy for ICZM through a synthesis of existing approaches. The strategy is at the same time border-crossing, integrates coastal waters and land and considers the interactions between coast and catchment area. The strategy is future-orientated by including foreseeable problems, such as global climate change.