A Multinational Assessment of CZM in OECD Countries

by Christopher Chung, Organisation for Economic, Cooperation & Development, Paris, France,
Lawrence P. Hildebrand, Organisation for Economic, Cooperation & Development, Paris, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The coastal zone in OECD Member countries is under severe and increasing threat from numerous pressures and conflicts. OECD countries recognise that concerted action in their coastal zones is urgently needed if sustainable economic and environmental outcomes are to be achieved. The basis for this recognition has been the findings of a study of coastal zone management issues and approaches in 19 OECD countries. The study revealed a range of serious continuing and emerging problems which are compounded by inadequate legislation and fragmented institutional/administrative arrangements. The limited repertoire of instruments used in policy implementation is a further factor. This paper is derived from the involvement of the authors in the OECD study.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Economic factors | Legislation | Sustainable development | Management methods | Social factors | Public policy | Resource management

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