Publication: A Regional Approach to Capacity Building for Coastal Management : Emerging Lessons
The numerous economic opportunities offered within the coastal zone attract increasing populations to these areas. As these populations and their economic activities grow, there is a corresponding compelling need for sound management of coastal and marine resources, so that developmental options can be kept open. Effective coastal and marine resource management transcends boundaries and a regional approach is clearly the most effective method for governance of these fragile areas and important resources. Regional environmental organizations have, however, not always proved to be useful to the countries they were created to serve. Constraints, including unclear mission, lack of priority-setting, poor management, politics, inadequate funding and weak national support, have derailed many regional environmental organizations. The promising start of the Secretariat for Eastern African Coastal Area Management (SEACAM) illustrates that regional organization can provide effective support to national Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) efforts.
“World Bank. 1999. A Regional Approach to Capacity Building for Coastal Management : Emerging Lessons. Africa Region Findings & Good Practice Infobriefs; No. 139. © Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/3c414ea9-f2e6-5a19-a2e4-7fb715c34af1 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”