Collective Response to Erosion Along the Nigerian Coastline

by A. Chidi Ibe, Nigerian Inst for Oceanography &, Marine Research, Lagos, Nigeria,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Natural factors for the rapid coastal erosion include an intense wave climate, a low coastal plain topography, vulnerable sediment or soil characteristics and, the global eustatic rise in sea level. This paper calls for a Coastal Zone Management Policy with adequate legal backing for a rational, coordinated and effective management and control of the Nigerian shoreline. The broad policy objectives of the decree should be:- to evolve and implement regional sound coastal defence measures; to stop the haphazard urbanisation of shorelines; to preserve the ecological characteristics of nonurbanised areas including agricultural land as well as wild sections of the coastline; and to promote a sustainable development of the coastal zone.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Erosion | Shores | Soil properties | Urban and regional development | Coastal plains | Ocean waves | Wave climates | Nigeria | Africa

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