Principles for Coastal Zone Management in South Africa

by Allan E. F. Heydorn, CSIR, Natl Research Inst for, Oceanology, Stellenbosch, South Africa,
Nic D. Geldenhuys, CSIR, Natl Research Inst for, Oceanology, Stellenbosch, South Africa,
D. Harry Swart, CSIR, Natl Research Inst for, Oceanology, Stellenbosch, South Africa,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: The southern tip of the African continent is characterized by a wide variety of coastal environmental conditions, ranging from a steeply tilted topography with sub-tropical summer rainfall conditions in the east to coastal mountain ranges with winter rainfall in the south and a much flatter topography with semi-arid climatic conditions in the west. Imposed on this varied coastal environment are human impacts ranging from minimal to severe. Application of effective coastal zone management principles is of vital importance due to pressures caused by a rapidly increasing human population with numerous economic, recreational and social demands.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Developing countries | Population projection | Coastal environment | Topography | Rainfall | Arid lands | South Africa | Africa | Mountain ranges

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