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Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum

The scope of environmental management

Posted By: Philippe MacClenahan
Date: Tuesday, 6 July 1999, at 1:13 a.m.

In Response To: Planning for coastal erosion / eastern Caribbean islands (+franšais) (+espa˝ol) (Gillian Cambers)

Just a quick comment regarding your concern on wise practice criteria being so wide in scope that they may be meaningless.

Coastal management practices are a specific case of environment management at large. Most of the elements you mention e.g. balance between incentive and will, subjectivity in assessment, need for transparency and consistency in implementation, etc. are common characteristics of many environmental management projects and practices. They are indeed very general. What is specific to coastal management in your example, however, is the practice of construction setbacks. The method proper is the example wise coastal practice. What remains difficult is to draw the line where characteristics of a practice become wide-ranging and no more coastal-specific. Further examples of a similar construction practice elsewhere would help better define the line.

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