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Coastal Governance

ISBN-10: 1597264857
ISBN-13: 9781597264853
Edition: 2010
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Description: Coastal Governanceprovides a clear overview of how U.S. coasts are currently managed and explores new approaches that could make our shores healthier. Drawing on recent national assessments, Professor Richard Burroughs explains why traditional  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 11/24/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Coastal Governanceprovides a clear overview of how U.S. coasts are currently managed and explores new approaches that could make our shores healthier. Drawing on recent national assessments, Professor Richard Burroughs explains why traditional management techniques have ultimately proved inadequate, leading to polluted waters, declining fisheries, and damaged habitat. He then introduces students to governance frameworks that seek to address these shortcomings by considering natural and human systems holistically. The book considers the ability of sector-based management, spatial management, and ecosystem-based management to solve critical environmental problems. Evaluating governance successes and failures, Burroughs covers topics including sewage disposal, dredging, wetlands, watersheds, and fisheries. He shows that at times sector-based management, which focuses on separate, individual uses of the coasts, has been implemented effectively. But he also illustrates examples of conflict, such as the incompatibility of waste disposal and fishing in the same waters. Burroughs assesses spatial and ecosystem-based management's potential to address these conflicts. The book familiarizes students not only with current management techniques but with the policy process. By focusing on policy development,Coastal Governanceprepares readers with the knowledge to participate eff ectively in a governance system that is constantly evolving. This understanding will be critical as students become managers, policymakers, and citizens who shape the future of the coasts.

Coastal Challenges
State of the coasts
Drivers for environmental change
The ocean commissions
Management goals and processes
Organization of the book
Policy Process
Sewage and disease: A problem
Sewage treatment: A solution
Making treatment a requirement: Selection and implementation
Did sewage treatment work? Evaluation
Unfinished business
Sector-based management
Oil resources: Origins and importance
Oil drilling technology
Environmental and social impacts of offshore oil
The seaweed rebellion
The growth of shipping
Dredging processes
Environmental impacts
Law of dredging and disposal
Regulating the disposal of contaminated sediments
Enduring change?
The nature of coastal wetlands
The value of coastal wetlands
Uses and consequences
"No net loss"-a goal
One wetland resource-multiple agencies
Management practices
The coastal wetland program assessed
Managing Coastal and Ocean Spaces
Uses of coastal lands and waters
The Coastal Zone Management Act
Other space-based coastal management programs
Spatial management techniques
Evaluation of state programs
Spatial planning and management of ocean waters
Ecosystem Governance
Nitrogen links among land/sea and society/nature
Ecosystem-based management in concept
Degree of change
Policy elements
Incremental change: Marine sanctuaries
Fundamental change: Ecosystem services
Watersheds and Bays
Evolution of river basin management
River/watershed management: An agency profile
Managing the landscape to preserve/restore bays
Watershed management for the Chesapeake Bay
Ecosystem management for watersheds and bays
Expansion of U.S. fisheries
Biological limits to the fishery
Fisheries management
The councils
Fisheries management as ecosystem governance
Incremental change
Fundamental change
Who decides?
Ends and means
Sector-based management
Spatial management
Ecosystem-based management
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading

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