Special Area Management Planning in Ecuador's Rio Chone Estuary

by Segundo Coello, Mariculture Working Group,
Dario Proaño-Leroux, Mariculture Working Group,
Donald Robadue, Jr., Mariculture Working Group,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Management of Coastal Lagoons and Enclosed Bays


The preparation and adoption of community-based plans for sustainable use and development of coastal resources and areas has been one of the major early goals of the Ecuador coastal resources management program. Five special area plans have been prepared for the continental coast. Locally, these areas are known as Zonas Especiales de Manejo (ZEM). This paper summarizes the experience of the Coastal Resources Management Program in the process of helping local people to identify key management issues and to prepare and approve a ZEM plan containing local desires and policies for the sustainable use of natural resources.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Resource management | Estuaries | Developing countries | Coastal processes | Sustainable development | Sea water | Natural resources | Ecuador | South America

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