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This work is based on the experience developed by the Coastal Resources Management Project (CRMP) established in Ecuador eleven years ago. This project was proposed for the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) of The University of Rhode Island (URI-USA). In order to carry out the project, five Special...
Central American coastal zones possess extensive scenic and geographical wealth as well as great biological diversity. These coasts maintain 21.6% of the region’s population and produce at least US$ 750 million alone in fishing activities that provide work and sustenance for more than 450 000...
Chile has a very diverse and variable coastal zone, with a series of phenomena that occur unexpectedly and which demand great flexibility from the management models that are implemented. The oceanographic characteristics have provided Chile’s coastal zone with important pelagic fisheries in the...
The coastal zone of the State of Campeche have some of the Gulf of Mexico’s richest ecosystems characterized by extensive seagrasses, mangrove forests, low-land tidal wetlands, a broad deltaic environment, including the Usumacinta/Laguna de Terminos estuarine ecosystem, and extensive low...
The purpose of this paper is to outline the wealth of experience obtained by Argentine and Uruguay through the reciprocal cooperation framework provided by the Treaty of the Rı́o de la Plata and its Maritime Front. This agreement, signed by both countries in November 1973, provided for the...
We present here the essential elements which describe the genesis, development, results and status of an initiative known as EcoPlata. EcoPlata is a long-term joint venture between Uruguay and Canada in the area of marine science. Its preliminary goal was to develop a strategy to improve...
This article describes the main factors responsible for the degradation of the coastal areas in Brazil and their impact on coastal population. It also analyses the main policies of the Brazilian government concerning the management of coastal areas, focusing on the shortcomings of the...
At ecosystem level, sandy beaches, dune fields, cliffs, and marine terraces are the main physiographic units which characterize the coastal fringe of central Chile. Natural hazards – storm surges, tsunamis, and heavy rains – may induce risks of flooding, erosion, mudflow, and mass movement...
The ecological and socioeconomic importance of the Mexican coastal zone of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean is analyzed and its main problems of pollution and environmental impact are described. Also, the legal, institutional, and technical framework that is applied to the coastal management...
The Amatique Bay is an estuarine ecosystem with great ecological and socioeconomics value due to its diversity of environments, biotic resources and the human activities it supports. However, until the mid-1990’s, the absense of planning and use of ecological criteria in its development have...
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