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Sustainable coastal zone development in harmony with the natural environment: Integrated Coastal Policy via Building with Nature: Flexible integration of land in sea and of water in land, making use of materials and forces present in nature
Waterman, R.E. (2000). Sustainable coastal zone development in harmony with the natural environment: Integrated Coastal Policy via Building with Nature: Flexible integration of land in sea and of water in land, making use of materials and forces present in nature. JB&A grafische communicatie: Delft-Wateringen. ISBN 90-805222-1-x. 78 pp.

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Abstract
    Many civilisations foud their origin in the border zone land-water in coastal and deltaic regions. In the year 2000 approximately eighty percent of the largest population centres in the world can be found in those areas. Striking examples can be found in nearly all parts of the world.There we have to deal with many existing and forthcoming problems that need solutions, but also with challenging opportunities.In all these cases - without exception - there is only little space available for living, working, infrastructure, tourism & recreation, while there is the need to preserve or expand valuable environment, nature and landscape. Apart from in due time stabilization of the world pupulation, there are in principle three spatial solutions: a) making better use of the 3rd dimension, including multi-functional use within the present available space; b) using space in the existing hinterland; c) land reclamation through flexible integration of land in sea and of water in the new land.Integrated Multi-Functional Sustainable Coastal Zone Development, based on careful analysis of these regions and their climate, their soil and subsoil characteristics, their river systems, the bordering sea and oceans, flora and fauna, and present use, gives an answer to the question how we can solve existing and future problems in relation to each other and in relation to the hinterland on one hand and in relation to the bordering sea on the other. Thereby, not only solving problems, but also creating added value.An important element of integrated coastal policy - apart from but also including coastal protection and water resources management - is land reclamation using as much as possible the principle of building with nature.Existing and forthcoming problems in coastal zone and hinterland can be solved and new opportunities can be found. Learning from mistakes and using the achievements of the past, the challenge of the future can be met, including sustainable development.

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