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Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum

Economic incentives for wise practice implementation

Posted By: Douglas Ramsay
Date: Friday, 28 January 2000, at 11:10 a.m.

In Response To: A combination of factors is necessary for wise practice implementation (Gillian Cambers)

I agree completely with your four requirements for successfully tackling the problem. Here on Kosrae, I am under considerable pressure to implement a law to ban sand mining by virtually all sections of the Government and many other people (there isn't too much of a problem with Government support). However, the attitude is that this will solve the problem, just like that - the enforcement agency here will then be criticised for failing to adequately enforce the law.

I feel that the timing is important, that we have to develop the alternatives before the law, and that economic incentives for introducing alternatives are vitally important. To address this we have developed a forum called the Coastal Advisory Group. This is a core group of key individuals from the various departments of the Kosraean Government and island NGO's, chaired by the Lt Governor of Kosrae, to build a inter-organisational group with the capacity and confidence to tackle coastal management issues. This forum is currently working on the task to develop a sustainable incentive scheme for introducing alternative sand sources - it will be interesting to see what develops from this.

Unfortunately, perhaps one of the most frustrating things is that my time on Kosrae is limited with my contract finishing in May. As you mention, addressing this issue cannot be solved overnight - it would have been nice to have taken it further personally.

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