Methods of Achiving Cooperation in Estuary Management: The Fraser River Estuary Case

by Larry D. S. Wolfe, Larry Wolfe Associates, West, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
Michael W. McPhee, Larry Wolfe Associates, West, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
John D. Wiebe, Larry Wolfe Associates, West, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Management of estuaries is often fragmented, especially for estuaries located in major urban areas. Each estuary resource (fish, water supply, port sites) is managed by one or more government agencies, resulting in a management context of numerous government agencies where overlapping jurisdictions, duplication, poor coordination, and complexity are commonplace. No agency can fulfill its mandate to manage its resource without cooperation of other agencies. Coordination is the prerequisite for effective management. This paper discusses one case where a growing level of coordination is being achieved in the management of a major estuary. It examines the management mechanisms which have been established as well as the important organizational development strategies employed to implement these mechanisms.

Subject Headings: Management methods | Estuaries | Team building | Rivers and streams | Water resources | Fish management | Resource management | Urban development

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