Coastal Area Management in the South Pacific Islands

by G. B. K. Baines, South Pacific Coastal Zone, Management Programme, Honiara, Solomon Isl,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Within the broad framework provided by the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme a coastal area management programme, SOPACOAST, is underway. Its approach is broad, encompassing social, technical, administrative, legislative and ecological factors. There is a focus on preventative coastal area management, rather than remedial - an option no longer available in many parts of the world. SOPACOAST is at present involved with two site specific projects - in a 'high' (volcanic) island area (Solomon Islands) and in a 'low' (atoll) island area (Cook Islands). Together with a number of other activities, these projects are being reported in ways which contribute to improved coastal area management throughout the island region, through six themes: traditional coastal area management; coastal area assessment and monitoring; coastal area management policy, administration and legislation; education and training; protected coastal areas and species; and, ecological processes.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Islands | Coastal processes | Urban and regional development | Legislation | Ecological restoration | Social factors | Coastal engineering | Oceania | Solomon Islands

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