An Effective Multicultural Coastal Management Program

by Bryan Mac Lean, Bering Straits Coastal Management, Program, Unalakleet, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The theme of the paper referred to in this abstract is that coastal management programs, in multicultural environments, are effective only to the degree they are accepted and supported at the community level. The author postulates that, in a multicultural environment, a trilateral educational process is essential to the development of community supported coastal management programs. Through a case study analysis of a coastal management program in a remote region of western Alaska, the author documents that trilateral education, between state/federal officials, program staff, and residents of affected communities, is a vital component for developmenting and implementating a coastal management program where the governing bureaucracy has a different cultural orientation than affected communities. The author postulates that local coastal management programs are the best vehicles establishing an effective educational process.

Subject Headings: Cultural diversity | Coastal management | Case studies | Coastal processes | Education | Vehicles | Environmental issues | Public participation | Alaska | United States

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