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Asia-Pacific Coasts and Their Management

States of Environment

Mimura, Nobuo (Ed.)

2008, XVI, 367 p.

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  • Provides state-of-the-art understanding of the state of the environment in this vitally important region
  • Structural approach consisting of drivers, state, and responses to coastal environmental changes
  • Describes both local and global trends including climate change and sea-level rise
  • Provides an objective perspective using the latest data
  • Gives readers an insight into good practice on the desirable future direction of coastal management for the Asia and Pacific region

The Asia-Pacific region is home to the world’s largest region of coral reefs and mangroves. It accommodates two-thirds of the world’s human population and its economic activities have the highest growth rate in the world. Ongoing degradation of the environment, resulting from coastal development, deforestation, desertification and over-harvesting, are becoming a matter of great concern, as floods and droughts occur as a result of this degradation. The Asia-Pacific region also includes part of the ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’ and is, therefore, vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis, as the world became aware following the Sumatra earthquake and tsunami on 26 December 2004. Threats of global environmental change, such as climate change and sea-level rise, will exacerbate such problems. Therefore, appropriate policies and measures are needed for coastal management, to address both the local and global trends. This book gives an overview of the state-of-the-art understanding on the drivers, state, and responses to coastal environmental changes in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides excellent perspectives on current and anticipated environmental changes in the region’s coastal areas, to researchers, students, policy makers, coastal managers and other stakeholders.

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This book will be of interest to researchers of coastal science, undergraduate and graduate students of coastal science, engineering and management, to policy makers, coastal managers and coastal developers, and to the fishing industry.

 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Asia - Asia-Pacific - Coast - Coastal management - East Asia - Import - Mangrove - Ocean - climate change - development - environmental change - erosion - sea level - sustainability - sustainable development

Related subjects » Environmental Management - Global Change - Climate Change - Oceanography - Paleoenvironmental Sciences - Regional / Spatial Science

Table of contents / Errata 

1.Introduction (Chair: Mimura and Yamamura) 2.Drivers for changes of coastal zone (Chair: Yanagi and Cho) 2.1.1 Monsoon and coastal zone 2.1.2 Regional characteristics 2.2 Natural environment change 2.2.1 Climatic change 2.2.2 Sea level rise 2.3 Human activities 2.3.1 Population and economic growth 2.3.2 Development of river basins 2.3.3 Development of coastal zone 2.3.4 Pollutants 3.Environmental problems in coastal zone (Chair: Sekiguchi and Sanit) 3.1 Changes in coastal features and beach erosion 3.2 Water and sediment pollution 3.3 Ecological changes (mangroves, coral reefs, sea grass etc) 3.4 Fishery Industry 3.5 Tourism 3.6 Other matters with oil spill 4.Policy for the conservation and sustainable development of coastal zone (Chair: Hirai, Yamao and Shikida) 4.1 Policy Movements of coastal (zone) management highly developing countries/developing countries/small island countries 4.2 Coastal (zone) management 4.3 Best practices in each country 5.Regional conditions (Chair: Alino and Saito) 5.1 East Asia 5.2 Southeast Asia 5.3 South Asia 5.4 Islands in the Pacific islands 6.Conclusion (Chair: Mimura) - Recommendations toward the sustainable developments

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