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Coastal management in Latin America
Yáñez-Arancibia, A. (2000). Coastal management in Latin America, in: Sheppard, C.R.C. (Ed.) Seas at the millennium: an environmental evaluation: 1. Regional chapters: Europe, The Americas and West Africa. pp. 457-466
In: Sheppard, C.R.C. (Ed.) (2000). Seas at the millennium: an environmental evaluation: 1. Regional chapters: Europe, The Americas and West Africa. Pergamon: Amsterdam. ISBN 0-08-043207-7. XXI, 934 pp., more

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  • Yáñez-Arancibia, A.

Abstract
    At the beginning of the new millennium Latin America has several new arrangements with international bodies, as well as a number of bi- or trilateral international agreements. These, with continuing economic and environmental globalization, are leading to different strategies for evaluating problems and for integrated coastal planning and management, both from national and regional perspectives. Latin America is a mosaic of differing training and experiences, of differing cultural roots and resources, different social development, different ecosystems and ecological approaches. It covers several biogeographical regions with varied biodiversity and climatic zones, and has many pristine areas as well as highly degraded zones. This chapter describes the integrated coastal zone management of Latin America, using examples from several countries, and illustrates several of the coastal management techniques which are being used. Variations in scope and progress made by different Latin American countries show the difficulty of creating a single integrated management approach. Nevertheless, at the opening of the new millennium, Latin America has achieved a stage of relative maturity in terms of integrated coastal zone management.

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