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Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum

Conditions necessary for the implementation of this wise practice

Posted By: Gillian Cambers
Date: Tuesday, 1 February 2000, at 2:27 p.m.

In Response To: Economic incentives for wise practice implementation (Douglas Ramsay)

Your discussion is helpful in helping to prepare a list of conditions necessary for the implementation of this wise practice. Based on the Pacific (Kosrae) and Caribbean (Montserrat) experiences, the following conditions need to be in place:

Sufficient concern about the environmental problem, in this case beach erosion resulting from sand mining; Existence of a suitable alternative material (or action), in this case aggregates from land (quarry) sources; Economic incentives to encourage people to use the alternative; Active and complete political support; Dialogue and education leading to complete (or near complete) public support; Legislative controls.

The timing and order of the factors will be dependant on individual island cases, e.g. in Montserrat there has been legislation for 20 years and in Kosrae there is no sand mining legislation; in Montserrat political support is (and has been) very difficult to obtain, while in Kosrae there is complete political support.

The other factor which should not be taken lightly is perseverance, staying with the process for a long time (many years, even decades).

There may be other conditions that should be added to this list, perhaps others may wish to contribute.

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