Coastal Zone Management in Sri Lanka 1978-1986

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by S. R. Amarasinghe, Coast Conservation Dep, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
H. J. M. Wickremeratne, Coast Conservation Dep, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
G. K. Lowry, Jr., Coast Conservation Dep, Colombo, Sri Lanka,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: Although interest in the management of coastal problems in Sri Lanka dates from the 1920s, it was not until the mid-1970s that a management approach began to be developed. Initially, Sri Lankans equated coastal management with structural approaches to erosion control. Gradually, the need for a more comprehensive approach to management was recognized. The government established a Coast Conservation Division and officials of this division developed a legal framework for management, designed a planning process focusing on Sri Lankan problems and developed the initial version of a coastal zone management plan to be presented to the Cabinet of Ministries in 1987 for adoption.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Developing countries | Coastal processes | Erosion | Legal affairs | Frames | Structural control | Government | Asia | Sri Lanka

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