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Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum

Purchasing coastal areas for protection may not be enough.

Posted By: Steven Nakashima and Boedhihartono
Date: Tuesday, 13 February 2001, at 8:30 a.m.

In Response To: Purchasing coastal areas for conservation is an option. (J.H. Faulkner, B.R. Subramanian, Bruce Potter - responding to Miguel Olvera Novea and Angela Speed)


MODERATOR'S NOTE: There has been a considerable response to the contributions on purchasing pristine areas for conservation [Mr. Miguel Olvera Novoa and Ms. Angela Speed (http://csiwisepractices.org/?read=283), Messrs. Faulkner, Subramanian and Potter (http://csiwisepractices.org/?read=290), and Mr. Santos (http://csiwisepractices.org/?read=292)]. These responses have been combined in three separate postings, the second one follows.


In a perfect world with unlimited resources we would buy all the areas that deserve protection. Marine and coastal reserves serve as fine places to ensure nodes of high quality habitat and biodiversity but they certainly are not the only ingredient for sustainable coastal zone management. In the real world with limited resources, we should be putting more money into long-term support for training and institution building that would eventually allow communities and countries to plan and implement comprehensive land use and conservation measures. A pristine coastal zone reserve is great to have but you also need wise use of the uplands and surrounding areas if you want to retain the high quality of the coastal zone. A comprehensive democratic planning process coupled with a diverse and sustainable regional economy will go a long way towards enhancing coastal and other habitat protection.

Mr. Steven Nakashima,
Environmental Management Specialist,
Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Project,
Long Island Sound Watershed,
New York U.S.A.


Purchasing coastal land areas, pristine and not so pristine, will require considerable funds and does not seem realistic, particularly when considering a country such as Indonesia with its 80,000 km of coastline. And purchasing is not the endpoint for it must be followed by strict regulation and management.

Mr. Boedhihartono,
Department of Anthropology/ Department of Tourism,
University of Indonesia,

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