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Human actions leading to coastal degradation

Human actions leading to coastal degradation

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Uploaded 16 Feb 2012 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2009
From collection: Vital Water Graphics 2
Author: Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), February 2006
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Physical alteration and the destruction of habitats are now considered one of the most significant threats to coastal areas. Half of the world’s wetlands, and even more of its mangrove forests, have been lost over the past century to physical alterations, the major causes being accelerating social and economic development and poor-planning (UNEP, 2002). There are currently about one billion people living in coastal urban areas. It is estimated that almost 50% of the world’s coasts are threatened by development-related activities. The intense pressure on coastal ecosystems calls for preventive and protective action at all levels - local, national, regional and global. The Case for Integrated Coastal Management: Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) is increasingly being recognised as an effective method for managing and protecting marine and coastal environments and associated freshwater catchments. It merits wider application, both for resolving existing problems and for dealing ef ...
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