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SOPHIE DES CLERS
Biological Sciences, Warwick University, UK
Coastal Zone Management Imperative for Maritime Developing Nations (Coastal
Systems and Continental Margins, Vol. 3)
B.U. Haq, S.M. Haq, G. Kullenberg and J.H. Stel (eds)
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht etc., 1997
ISBN 0-7923-4765-X, NLG 295.00, US$169.00, £99.00
Hard cover, acid-free paper, pp. xiv 394, 21 tables, 20 boxes, 47 ®gures
Includes `COSMO Software package, a coastal zone planning module'
Geographical index only
This book arose from an international workshop on integrated coastal zone management
(ICZM) held in Pakistan in 1994. The special focus papers from this workshop have been
combined with invited contributions from various specialists around the world to produce
a text that aims to serve as a training module in ICZM courses, and as a conceptual
framework for coastal management and its application on a worldwide basis. The 20
chapters by a total of 21 authors are grouped into six sections: Part 1 contains three
chapters on the Conceptual Framework of Integrated Coastal Zone Management; Part 2
has three chapters on Regional and Global Aspects of Integrated Coastal Zone
Management; Part 3 has two chapters on Environmental Assessment; Part 4 two chapters
on Capacity Building and Technology Transfer Issues; Part 5 two chapters on Monitoring
and Environmental Analyses; and Part 6 is an eclectic grouping of eight Case Studies.
The book also comes with an interactive ICZM planning module (COSMO) software disk
provided by the Coastal Zone Management Centre in the Hague.
The intended readership is given as operational executives as well as students of
ICZM, environmental economists, policy makers and senior managers in international
development agencies. The editors have succeeded in bringing together a diverse set of
topics to give a broad coverage suitable and very useful for this readership. It also
contains much detail that is of interest to marine and ®sheries scientists. However, as
stated in the Preface, the treatment of topics and case studies is uneven.
This unevenness also applies to the quality and relevance of the chapters. For
example, Chapters 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 20 are interesting and well
written because they contain a wealth of data and examples, much of it previously
unpublished or uncompiled. Chapters 17 and 18 from Pakistan on biodiversity and
mangroves are noteworthy in this respect. In several of these chapters I particularly
liked the use of smaller-font `Boxes' to summarize and highlight the detailed
information, keeping it separate from the more general text.
Chapters 2, 3, 6 and 7 are written in broad terms, often policy related, and there is
considerable overlap between them. They will be of less value to either scientists who
seek information, or planners who want to go beyond the general. Other than Chapters
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