Coastal Zone Management Practices, Northwest Brittany, France

by Erich R. Gundlach, E-Tech Inc, Narragansett, RI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Over the entire coast of Brittany, three government programs have sponsored over 81. 9 million francs (6 ff equals US1, approx. ) of coastal-related programs since 1968. Projects vary greatly in environmental quality, depending on the desires of the local commune. Under sponsorship of the 'Protection Against the Sea' program, large-sized riprap has been placed in numerous sheltered and stable areas and in front of naturally eroding dunes. The coastal property being stabilized is commonly farmland with no commercial structures. The other two programs (DDA and CIAT) generally sponsor 'soft' engineering projects to restore devegetated dune areas, create parking lots, and restrict vehicular and foot traffic.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Coastal processes | Structural behavior | Agriculture | Structural stability | Environmental issues | Sand (hydraulic) | Sandy soils | France | Europe

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