The Regional Scale of Integrated Coastal Area Management. The State of Conceptual Frameworksby Adalberto Vallegal, Univ of Genoa, Genoa, Italy,
Abstract: The implementation of Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM), as has emerged from the scientific materials of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, Rio de Janeiro, June 1992), requires the regional scale to be dealt with in order to create management systems, whose spatial extent is to be rationally defined. The identification of coastal use structure on the regional scale forms part of the general issue of the clustering of the spatial contexts which, as is well known, is one of the most complicated aspects of both regional theory and theory of sea regionalization. This paper discusses the state of the art of developing coastal area management on the regional scale taking into consideration evolving ecosystem and multiple use concepts as well as the legal context provided by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Subject Headings: Coastal management | Systems management | Seas and oceans | Ecosystems | Coastal environment | Laws | Frames
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