Coastal management

Posted: 13 October 2000

Efforts by states to manage coastal activities and ecosystems are referred to as coastal zone or coastal area management. This is a complex and difficult area in which to work, as it involves many levels of government and many stakeholders - virtually anyone who lives along a coast, works there, makes a living from the sea or related near-shore areas - are involved in coastal management. It is, in a nutshell, a form of governance and if successful it must be inclusive rather than exclusive.