Coastal Ecosystems Conservation and Development: A Balancing Act

Managing coastal resources is a tricky and challenging undertaking. The hidden costs so to speak can actually count the most if not handled well. Hence, potential constraints to the initiation of a coastal development program should be identified so that these can be considered in formulating the program strategies and work plan.

The success and long-term sustainability of coastal management programs, moreover, depend on clear national and local policies; effective institutional arrangements and strong local government commitment; allocation of adequate resources; and enhanced public awareness, local participation, and local capacity building.

A manager should, thus, be capable of balancing the conservation and development of coastal resources. She/he should be able to effectively coordinate and integrate a wide range of actions to facilitate a logical and synergistic strengthening of the coastal resources management program.

EEPSEA Studies Cited in this Monograph

  1. Thang Nam Do, 2007. Impacts of Dykes on Wetland Values in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: A Case Study in the Plain of Reeds. EEPSEA Research Report. Singapore: IDRC.
  2. Lourdes O. Montenegro, Annie G. Diola, and Elizabeth M. Remedio, 2005. The Environmental Costs of Coastal Reclamation in Metro Cebu, Philippines. EEPSEA Research Report Series No. 2005-RR5. Singapore: IDRC.
  3. Ma. Esmyra Parado Javier, 2003. Do Institutions Affect the Performance of Marine Protected Areas? Evidence from the Philippines. EEPSEA Research Report Series No. 2003-RR5. Singapore: IDRC.
  4. Suthawan Sathirathai, 2003. Economic Valuation of Mangroves and the Roles of Local Communities in the Conservation of Natural Resources: Case Study of Surat Thani, South of Thailand. EEPSEA Research Report. Singapore: IDRC.
  5. Udomsak Seenprachawong, 2002. An Economic Valuation of Coastal Ecosystems in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. EEPSEA Research Report Series No. 2002-RR5. Singapore: IDRC.
  6. Udomsak Seenprachawong, 2001. An Economic Analysis of Coral Reefs in the Andaman Sea of Thailand. EEPSEA Research Report. Singapore: IDRC.
  7. Zenaida M. Sumalde and Suzette L. Pedroso, 2001. Transaction Costs of a Community-Based Coastal Resource Management Program in San Miguel Bay, Philippines. EEPSEA Research Report. Singapore: IDRC.
  8. To Thi Thuy Hang and Nguyen Thi Ngoc An, 1999. An Economic Analysis of the Can Gio Mangrove Scheme in Ho Chi Minh City. Economy and Environment: Case Studies in Vietnam. Singapore: IDRC.
  9. Ratana Chuenpagdee, 1998. Damage Schedules for Thai Coastal Areas: An Alternative Approach to Assessing Environmental Values. EEPSEA Research Report Series. Singapore: IDRC.
  10. Camille Bann, 1997. An Economic Analysis of Alternative Mangrove Management Strategies in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. EEPSEA Research Report Series. Singapore: IDRC.

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