Implications of Technical and Legislative Harmonization for Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Wider Caribbean Region

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by Gerard P. Alleng, Univ of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica,
Brett R. Joseph, Univ of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93:

Abstract: Sustainable development within the coastal areas of the wider Caribbean region will require government and non-government institutions alike to coordinate their activities, both nationally and regionally, in accordance with integrated coastal management policies. Yet, current uses of coastal resources within the region suffer from persistent allocative distortions due to the region's particular geography and history. Fragmented institutional structures further impede initiatives for integrated management. This paper explores the potential of some current efforts to harmonize both technical standards and national legislation for catalyzing improvements in the overall level of coordination among public and private decision-makers in support of a more integrated regional approach to coastal resources management in the wider Caribbean.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Legislation | Ocean currents | Resource management | Sustainable development | Public policy | Coastal environment | Distortion (structural) |

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