The Benefits of Coastal Zone Management Persuasive Essay by Refalo29

The Benefits of Coastal Zone Management
A discussion on the need and benefits of coastal zone management, with a focus on small states and islands.
# 153764 | 2,004 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | MT

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The paper discusses how the concept of adopting coastal zone management has gained more support in these last years, as populations on the coast have been steadily increasing while the coastal environment has been constantly deteriorating. This paper identifies the key elements of coastal zone management, and explores the main benefits that may be obtained from an effective coastal zone management strategy. The paper makes special reference to small states and islands, due to their vulnerabe natural status, and - especially in the case of islands - becuase they are coastal entities.

The Need for Coastal Zone Management
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Benefits of ICZM for Small States and Islands

From the Paper:

"Nowadays, about half of the world's population lives within 200 km of a coastline. Moreover, coastal populations are on the increase and by 2025, the number of people that live along coastal areas is expected to double (Creel, 2003: 1). Human activities on the coasts range from recreational to economic activities. Although such activities generate income and other benefits, uncontrolled activities along the coast have greatly deteriorated the coastal environmental conditions thus leading to concerns about the environmental status of coastal territories and especially small islands which are in effect coastal entities.
"These concerns were addressed in the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States and the 2005 Mauritius Strategy which both remarked that small island states' 'heavy dependence on coastal and marine resources emphasizes the need for appropriate and effective management', thus calling for the implementation of coastal management plans to effectively manage activities concerning the coast and its resources (United Nations, 1994: 17)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Creel, L. (2003). Ripple Effects: Population and Coastal Regions. Available at: [accessed on 24 November 2012]
  • Gilbert, J. and, Vellinga P. (1990). Coastal Zone Management. Available at: [accessed on 28 November 2012]
  • World Bank, Integrated Coastal Management. Available at:,,contentMDK:20538993~menuPK:1261402~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:407926,00.html [accessed on 01 December 2012]
  • Coastlearn, Principles of ICZM. Available at: [accessed on 01 December 2012]
  • Coman et al., National ICZM Strategy Romania. Available at: [accessed on 01 December 2012]

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