Coastal Management Books

  • Ecological Indicators for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Assessment: A User Guide

    Ecological indicators address ecosystems structure and/or function and are commonly used to provide synoptic information about their state. Through quantitative representations of either the forces that steer ecosystems, responses to forcing functions, or of previous, current, or future states of an ecosystem, indicators are expected to reveal ...

  • Blue Carbon : The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon

    This report explores the potential for mitigating the impacts of climate change by improved management and protection of marine ecosystems and especially the vegetated coastal habitat, or blue carbon sinks.The objective of this report is to highlight the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystemsin maintaining our climate and in assisting ...

  • Beach and Dune Restoration

    This book analyzes the tradeoffs involved in restoring beaches and dunes on intensively developed coasts, the most effective approaches to use, and the ways to educate and involve stakeholders. It identifies restoration strategies that enhance natural processes and make coastal landforms more dynamic while maintaining their value for shore ...

  • Coastal Watershed Management

    Coastal watersheds differ from others by their unique features, including proximity to the ocean, weather and rainfall patterns, subsurface features, and land covers. Land use changes and competing needs for valuable water and land resources are especially more distinctive to such watersheds.This book covers recent research relevant to coastal ...

  • The Dynamics of Coastal Models

    Coastal basins are defined as estuaries, lagoons, and embayments. This book deals with the science of coastal basins using simple models, many of which are presented in either analytical form or Microsoft Excel or MATLAB. The book introduces simple hydrodynamics and its applications, from the use of simple box and one-dimensional models to flow ...

  • Conflict Resolution in Coastal Zone Management

    In view of the importance of coastal areas to Baltic countries, integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) is a matter of prime concern. ICZM is also an important feature of the project Coastal Zone Management in the Baltic Sea Region (COASTMAN), undertaken in the context of the Interreg IIIB (Baltic Sea) Programme. These experiences are presented ...

  • Mangroves

    Mangroves are among the most important ecosystems on the planet. They provide food and protection for a huge variety of marine and land-based species, sustain livelihoods of coastal populations, and provide protection from ocean swell and extreme weather events. Today, however, the world’s mangroves are under threat from several sources including ...

  • Seagrasses and sand dunes

    Seagrass meadows and sand dunes are lesser known coastal ecosystems that are located landward from coral reefs and sometimes seaward from mangroves. (At other times mangroves lie between seagrasses and sand dunes.) These ecosystems are also important for coastal communities because of the services they provide and are critical components of a ...

  • Integrating fisheries into coastal area management (En)

    This booklet describes, in a non-technical manner, some important aspects of FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries No. 3 dealing with the integration of fisheries into coastal area management. The purpose of this booklet is to provide information to FAO Members and other stakeholders about the importance of, and approaches to, the ...

  • Coral reefs

    Corals are a vital component of marine ecosystems. They provide food and protection for a huge variety of fish and marine life; are crucial to sustaining livelihoods among coastal populations; and a key mechanism for ensuring the protection of low-lying coastal areas. Despite their importance, the world’s coral reefs are being destroyed and ...

  • Oceans Governance in the Twenty-first Century

    Oceans Governance in the Twenty-first Century analyses the development of national, regional and international initiatives and arrangements directed towards governance of the world's seas and oceans.  The authors examine those factors that shape oceans governance, as well as the supports and constraints affecting policy development and ...

  • Oil Spill in the Kerch Strait : Ukriaine Post-Disaster Needs Assessment

    The report lists recommendations to help Ukraine complete its recovery from the oil spill that occurred in the Kerch Strait in November 2007, when a severe storm caused the Volgoneft-139 to release over 1,300 tonnes of fuel oil into the sea. The resulting extensive physical damage to the sea and land led to property losses, contamination of the ...

  • Securing the Oceans: Essays on Ocean Governance (Global and Regional Perspectives)

    Published a decade after the Year of the Ocean in 1998, the book is envisaged to further stimulate and strengthen the pursuit of sustainable ocean development so as to secure the Ocean and its resources for our future generations.The 25-chapter volume is a compendium of essays written by 25 authors (including one institutional author—the EAS ...

  • River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, Volume 1: 5th IAHR Symposium (RCEM 2007), Enschede, The Netherlands 17-21 September 2007

    Around the world, many people live, work and recreate in river, estuarine and coastal areas, systems which are also important wildlife habitats. It is imperative to understand the physics of such systems. A key element here is morphodynamics: the mutual interaction and adjustment of landform topography and fluid dynamics involving the motion of ...

  • Losing Ground: A Nation on Edge

    America builds on the edge of disaster prone areas: on moveable barrier islands, fragile coastal ecosystems, shorelines subject to inundation, and next to flammable forests.  Ferocious storm events focus local and national attention in the tragic moment and during short-term recovery efforts; then, too often, we return to business as usual, ...

  • The world's mangroves. 1980-2005 (En)

    Series: FAO Forestry PapersMangroves, commonly found along sheltered coastlines in the tropics and subtropics, fulfil important socio-economic and environmental functions: providing wood and non-wood forest products, protecting shores against wind, waves and water currents; conserving biological diversity; protecting coral reefs, sea-grass beds ...

  • The Dynamics of ICM Practical Applications in Sustainable Coastal Development in East Asia

    Authored by Dr. Chua Thia-Eng, this 16 chapter-book shares the author's 20 years of practical experience in addressing issues related to the integrated management of the coasts and oceans. This book makes clear the rationale underlying the use of the integrated management approach, and the practices used to apply sustainable development principles ...

  • Integrated costal management law. Establishing and strengthening national legal frameworks for integrated coastal management (En)

    Series: FAO Legislative StudiesIntegrated coastal management (ICM) is widely accepted throughout the world as the best approach to dealing with coastal issues. The 1990s saw a proliferation of legislative reform processes worldwide. This aimed at supporting the implementation of ICM. Despite many international environmental treaties, declarations ...

  • Our Precious Coasts : Marine Pollution, Climate Change and the Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems

    The ability of coral reefs to survive in a globally-warming world may crucially depend on the levels of pollution to which they are exposed, new findings indicate.Scientists studying reefs that were bleached in the late 1990s by high surface sea temperatures have found a link between recovery rates and the levels of contamination entering coastal ...

  • Socio-economic indicators in integrated coastal zone and community-based fisheries management. Case studies from the Caribbean (En)

    FAO Fisheries Technical PapersThis publication consist of case studies describing how socio-economic and demographic concerns are addressed in integrated coastal zone and community-based fisheries management in selected Caribbean countries - Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The results ...

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