The Management of Enclosed Coastal Water Bodies: The Need for a Framework for International Information Exchange

by Jens Sorensen, Univ of Massachusetts, Boston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Management of Coastal Lagoons and Enclosed Bays


The planning and management of lagoons and enclosed bays is practiced around the world and the number of programs is increasing yearly as more coastal nations become involved in the rapidly proliferating field of integrated coastal zone management. Although the preponderance of lagoon and enclosed bay planning and management efforts is concentrated in developing nations - particularly the United States - the practice is spreading out to developing nations. As the practice of planning and managing lagoons and enclosed bays continues to increase, there is the concomitant need to organize a system for the international exchange of information. It is particularly important that institutions which either are contemplating the initiation of a program or have recently embarked on program preparation, know and understand the lessons learned by the analogous lagoon and enclosed bay planning and management efforts around the world. This paper proposes a framework for the design of such an information exchange system. The proposed framework is based largely on the descriptions, analyses, and evaluations provided by the 19 papers in this volume.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Sea water | Frames | Information management | Developing countries | Resource management | Information systems | Natural resources | United States

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