Keywords: integrated coastal area management, integrated coastal area planning, data, GCC countries, The Gulf ecosystems, strategic planning, stagnation levels, Arabian Gulf, Persian Gulf
Integrated management of the coastal zone for the Gulf region
The Gulf ecosystem is and has been under considerable stress, both naturally as well as due to anthropogenic activities associated with the exploitation of enormous oil and gas reserves in the region. This study focuses on developing and recommending an integrated strategic plan for the management of coastal resources in the Gulf region. An incremental approach has been recommended to minimise the level of stagnation commonly experienced in the implementation phase of such integrated plans. Steps of an Integrated Coastal Management Planning (ICMP) process are identified and discussed. Moreover, the paper concludes with a tentative management plan along with a preliminary task time schedule.