The Role of Contingency Planning in the Management of National Marine and Estuarine Sanctuaries

by Kelvin K. Y. Char, NOAA, Office of Ocean & Coastal, Resource Management, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


The utility of planned response mechanisms or contingency plans in the maintenance and/or restoration of a desired state or condition in a resource or management system is acknowledged by professional managers and government officials alike. What is not as evident, however, is a consensus as to how these mechanisms ought to be constructed to meet the needs for both protecting the natural values of the resource and prescribing management responses that are cost-effective as well as efficient and socially equitable.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Aquatic habitats | Estuaries | Systems management | Coastal management | Ecological restoration | Maintenance | Managers

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