coastal management Articles

  • Stakeholder involvement for management of the coastal zone

    The European Union has taken the lead to promote the management of coastal systems. Management strategies are implemented by the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), as well as the recent Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Directive. Most EU directives have a strong focus on public participation; however, a recent review found that the actual ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Coastal zones: achieving sustainable management

    Coastal zones are the link between land and the sea and are unique areas, highly diverse in species, habitats and ecosystems. They are environmentally sensitive and economically valuable, with ecosystems rich in biodiversity also providing benefits such as protection from the elements, food and opportunities for the generation of renewable energy. They are also extremely important to human ...

  • Environmental management of coastal regions in the Caspian Sea

    Considering rapid population growth and migration, higher accumulation of communities is noticed in coastal areas. This is especially true with the coastal areas of the Caspian Sea. In the present investigation coastal areas between Jouybar to Behshahr region is selected for their special geographical and ecological locations. Further, adverse impacts of human, agriculture and industrial ...

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management - Case Study England

    The Environment Agency is the principal flood risk management operating authority. It has the power (but not the legal obligation) to manage flood risk from designated main rivers and the sea. These functions in relation to other rivers (defined as ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mangroves for coastal defence

    The role of mangroves in protecting our coasts against natural hazards such as storms, tsunamis and coastal erosion has been widely promoted. But the supposed coastal protection services of mangroves have also been subject to debate. The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International together with the University of Cambridge set out to map the current state of knowledge about the role of mangroves ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Are young people leaving themselves at risk of flooding?

    According to recent figures from the Environmental Agency, young people in the UK may be leaving themselves at risk of flood damage. Around 75% of 18-24 year olds ...


    By AQUAREAD Limited

  • Marine and coastal environment

    Although not always immediately apparent, our wellbeing as humans is affected by the environmental state of our seas, because many aspects of our lives benefit from the goods and services provided by well-functioning marine and coastal ecosystems. These ecosystem services offer a multitude of opportunities to provide an income for people for instance through production of fish and shellfish for ...

  • Model Benchmarks For Coastal Lagoons

    To promote reliable, real-time management of coastal lagoons, increasingly sophisticated numerical models have been developed within the DITTY project (WP4). While models are diverse in design and scope, i.e. watershed, fluid-dynamics, biogeochemical, all have the same fundamental goal, i.e. to account realistically for the processes that drive the dynamic behaviour in coastal lagoons so that ...


  • 10 messages for 2010 - coastal ecosystems

    Key messages: 1) As an interface between land and sea, European coastlines provide vital resources for wildlife, but also for the economy and human health and well-being. 2) Multiple pressures, including habitat loss and degradation, pollution, climate change and overexploitation of fish stocks, affect coastal ecosystems. 3) Coastal habitat types and species of Community interest are at risk in ...

  • Opinion: Some Cautions about Integrated Oceans and Coastal Management?

    The concept of integrated oceans and coastal management (IOCM) has evolved and strengthened over the last 30–40 years. Within the last decade this has resulted in significant developments at the international and domestic levels. In 1996 Canada adopted its Oceans Act; in 1998 Australia implemented its Oceans Policy; and in 2004 the United States Commission on Ocean Policy drew up An Ocean ...


  • A strategic decision support framework for integrated coastal zone management

    Given the apparent difficulties of making policy-relevant decisions in the context of the sustainable development of coastal zones, a tri-phasic framework is proposed, whose aim is to formalise the ICZM (integrated coastal zone management) decision-making process. This formalisation is meant to promote shared responsibility, accountability and transparency, hence the justifiability of actions. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Pilot projects and their diffusion: a case study of integrated coastal management in South Africa

    Pilot projects are policy instruments mainly applied to introduce or test new practices, concepts or technologies. Pilot projects can lead to a broader policy transition. However, the diffusion process associated with the pilot projects is not well understood. In this paper, we investigate the diffusion of pilot projects, focusing on the nature of the diffusion (the innovation itself, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Coastal Capital: Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making in the Caribbean

    Executive Summary Tropical coastal ecosystems—including coral reefs, mangroves, beaches, and seagrasses—provide a range of valuable goods and services to people and economies across the Caribbean. These ecosystems contribute to tourism, fisheries, shoreline protection, and more. However, despite their importance, coastal ecosystems are under threat from numerous human ...

  • Modeling of coastal water contamination in Fortaleza (Northeastern Brazil)

    An important tool in environmental management projects and studies due to the complexity of environmental systems, environmental modeling makes it possible to integrate many variables and processes, thereby providing a dynamic view of systems. In this study the bacteriological quality of the coastal waters of Fortaleza (a state capital in Northeastern Brazil) was modeled considering multiple ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Making Economic Valuation Count for Coastal Ecosystems in the Caribbean

    People and economies across the Caribbean are dependent on coastal ecosystems—including coral reefs, mangroves, and beaches. These ecosystems provide critical habitat to commercial fisheries, attract tourists from around the world, and protect coastal communities and infrastructure from the ravages of tropical storms. But despite their importance, these ecosystems are ...

  • Comparison between different modelling approaches for coastal lagoons

    To promote reliable, real-time management of coastal lagoons, increasingly sophisticated numerical models have been developed within the DITTY project (WP4). While models are diverse in design and scope, i.e. watershed, fluid-dynamics, biogeochemical, all have the same fundamental goal, i.e. to account realistically for the processes that drive the dynamic behaviour in coastal lagoons so that ...


  • The Changing Faces of Europe`s Coastal Areas

    Executive Summary This report provides information on the state of the environment in the coastal areas of Europe, and provides evidence of the need for a more integrated, long-term approach. Since 1995, concern about the state of Europe's coastline has led to a number of EU initiatives, which build on the concept of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). ICZM attempts to balance the needs of ...

  • How mangroves help in reducing flooding and coastal erosion

    Inhabitants of low lying delta areas are particularly exposed to flooding and erosion caused by storms and hurricanes. These pressures increase with climate change and sea level rise. Coastal wetlands, such as mangroves, can play a key role in damage mitigation during disasters, as well as in stabilising coastlines. They also contribute to aquaculture and fisheries. Integration of ecosystem-based ...


    By Wetlands International

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