Integrated Coastal Area Management


IOC’s Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) programme is designed to assist countries in their efforts to build marine scientific and technological capabilities as a follow up to Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, and to Chapter IV of the Mauritius Strategy. Activities include syntheses of scientific information and preparation of methodological manuals, a strategic alliance with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and its core project on Land-Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ), and a project on the development and application of indicators for integrated coastal and ocean management.

Among publications of the ICAM series is the Proceedings of an International Conference on ‘Lagoons and Coastal Wetlands in the Global Change Context: Impacts and Management Issues’ (Venice, 26-28 April 2004), edited by P. Lasserre, P. Viaroli and P. Campostrini and released by UNESCO in CD format in 2005.

Technical background and field studies are described in several numbers in the IOC Manual and Guides series including a methodological guide to integrated coastal zone management (Nos. 36 and 42), guidelines for vulnerability mapping of coastal zones in the Indian Ocean (No. 38), guidelines for the study of shoreline change in the Western Indian Ocean region (No. 40), a reference guide on the use of indicators for integrated coastal management (No. 45) and a handbook for measuring the progress and outcomes of integrated coastal and ocean management (No. 46).

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