Coastal Zone Management in Sri Lanka 1978-1986

by S. R. Amarasinghe, Coast Conservation Dep, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
H. J. M. Wickremeratne, Coast Conservation Dep, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
G. K. Lowry, Jr., Coast Conservation Dep, Colombo, Sri Lanka,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Although interest in the management of coastal problems in Sri Lanka dates from the 1920s, it was not until the mid-1970s that a management approach began to be developed. Initially, Sri Lankans equated coastal management with structural approaches to erosion control. Gradually, the need for a more comprehensive approach to management was recognized. The government established a Coast Conservation Division and officials of this division developed a legal framework for management, designed a planning process focusing on Sri Lankan problems and developed the initial version of a coastal zone management plan to be presented to the Cabinet of Ministries in 1987 for adoption.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Management methods | Developing countries | Coastal processes | Erosion | Legal affairs | Structural control | Government | Sri Lanka | Asia

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