Coastal Higher Education in Mexico

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by David W. Fischer, Universidad Autonoma de Baja, California, Baja California, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Management in Mexico: the Baja California Experience

Abstract: Mexico is plagued by problems that constraint the efficient use of its coastal zone. Such problems are not necessarily unique to Mexico, but are a threat to some degree in all national coastal zones. The most general classification of these concerns includes substantive problems and decision process problems. Substantive problems include air and water pollution, conflicts between competing uses, population pressures, habitat degradation and destruction, reduced coastal access, and distortion of local coastal economies. Decision process problems include lack of planning and coordination, lack of local participation, over-centralized decision making, lack of scientific studies, lack of funding, and lack of consideration of the coastal zone as a unique entity. Each of these general problem categories can be countered through improved coastal zone legislation and funding implemented by dedicated professionals educated in coastal zone management.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Developing countries | Education | Fish management | Coastal processes | Sea water | Water pollution | Air pollution | Financing | North America | Mexico

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