On Ecocoastal Engineering

by Erdal Ozhan, Middle East Technical Univ, Ankara, Turkey,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Over the last two decades, realization of the value of the coastal regions have grown up worldwide. Significant efforts have been devoted for the conservation of various elements of this highly valuable natural resource and for its sustainable use. However, conflict between developers and conservationists over a specific project is still a rule rather than an exception, especially in developing countries. In this paper, integration of ecological considerations into coastal engineering activities is discussed. The term 'ecocoastal engineering' is suggested to replace the classical coastal engineering for indicating the inclusion of ecological dimension into planning of coastal development, its design and execution.

Subject Headings: Coastal engineering | Coastal environment | Ecological restoration | Natural resources | Sustainable development | Developing countries | Engineering profession | Oceanography

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