Impacts of Sea-Level Rise in Developing Countries

by Norbert P. Psuty, State Univ of New Jersey, New Brunswick, United States,
Vasantt Jogoo, State Univ of New Jersey, New Brunswick, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Impending and ongoing impacts of sea-level rise in developing countries is being recognized increasingly because a variety of national and international efforts are beginning to document the cultural and natural resources at risk in the low-lying coastal zone. Part of the outcome of these efforts is the increasing sensitivity to the issue of a rising sea-level and the variety of impacts that are related to this change. Other outcomes point to the broad-based impacts in the developing countries where considerable investment and infrastructure are at risk. Independent of the role the developing countries have had in contributing to the 'global change effects', these countries are being affected by the worldwide sea-level rise and are in the difficult position of attempting to protect the existing coastal land uses to produce food, generate tourist income, and to support trade. Reacting to the impacts of sea-level rise may involve costs which are too high for most of the developing countries to sustain.

Subject Headings: Sea level | Developing countries | Risk management | Coastal management | Natural resources | Coastal environment | Investments | Infrastructure vulnerability

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