Coral Reef Management in Belize: an approach through Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Gibson, Janet P. and McField, M. and Wells, S. (1998) Coral Reef Management in Belize: an approach through Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Ocean and Coastal Management , 39. pp. 229-244.

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    Belize has one of the most extensive reef ecosystems in the Western Hemisphere, comprising one of the largest barrier reef in the world, three atolls and a complex network of inshore reefs. Until recently, the main impacts were probably from natural events such as hurricanes. However, anthropogenic threats such as sedimentation, agrochemical run-off, coastal development, tourism, and overfishing are now of concern. To limit these impacts, Belize is taking the approach of integrated coastal zone management. The programme is building on the existing legislative framework and involves the development of an appropriate institutional structure to co-ordinate management activities in the coastal zone. A Coastal Zone Management Plan is being prepared, which will include many measures that will directly benefit the reefs: a zoning scheme for the coastal zone, incorporating protected areas; legislation and policy guidelines; research and monitoring programmes; education and public awareness campaigns; measures for community participation; and a financial sustainability mechanism.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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    Publisher: Elsevier
    Keywords: Coral reef; Pollution; Anthropogenic factor; Environmental management; Environmental protection; Legislation; Environmental policy; Belize; Gulf of Mexico; Central America; America; Marine environment;
    Subjects: (F) People and the Environment > (FB) Resource Use
    (Z) Other or Unspecified
    Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3C) Other Universities
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 15:37
    Last Modified: 23 Feb 2011 15:37

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