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Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum

Forum focus: human activities or human development

Posted By: Miguel Fortes
Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2000, at 3:15 p.m.

In Response To: Cross sectoral approaches to integrated coastal management / Alang and Bhavnagar Bhal-India. (R. Sudarshana)

I see the title of the forum has been changed from "Wise Practices Discussion Board" to "Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development". I am wondering why the title/topic has been changed to "human" development. Of course you are aware that as is, the term "human development" is more commonly used in a slightly different context. Or are we now honing in on the concept of the person's development as a human being, not that of his milieu, as applied to coastal regions and small islands? I am assuming the title means human activities in coastal areas, not human development.

The lack of any accepted theoretical background or guiding principles in ICM is quite glaring. But we are all aware that what we are doing in wise practices is actually initiating the provision of these principles.

It just came to my attention that there are also practices which may be wise at the start but because of the dynamic nature of the environment and people, these change to becoming no longer wise at a later period. The opposite may also be true.

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