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Widening coastal managers' perceptions of stakeholders through capacity building

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Environmental integration and mainstreaming is the process that ensures consideration of environmental sustainability in development projects. The agenda for promoting environmental sustainability has been firmly set at the local, regional and national levels through a variety of conventions and legislation. However, mechanisms for developing the capability and capacity to realize these goals remain elusive. Natural scientists have one sectoral view of coastal resources, embedded in a numeric and reductionist framework, whereas social scientists take the opposite approach. Policymakers and other stakeholders will have their own perspectives. A more holistic view of stakeholders' perceptions of the coast from those charged with determining coastal policy and implementation can permit sources of conflict to be identified by managers and appropriate action to be taken. Capacity building is one tool that can lead to an increase in the perceptions of stakeholders' needs and coastal resource issues in coastal managers. However, much training in integrated coastal management (ICM) focuses on increasing scientific knowledge rather than providing a robust framework for management. Recent work in developing capacity in state-level Indian coastal managers has had a more holistic approach, encompassing not just science, but socio-economic and governance issues also. In addition, this capacity-building approach uses a 'virtual scenario' approach, in which groups of delegates are required to develop a strategic ICM plan for a local 2040 km stretch of coast. An ICM matrix is used to provide a framework for understanding the coast and the impact of management interventions. This 'virtual scenario' approach, coupled with experience in conflict reduction matrices, has been shown to provide coastal managers with a wider appreciation of stakeholder conflict in the coastal zone.

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Author(s): Le Tissier M, Hills JM

Editor(s): Hoanh, C.T., Tuong, T.P., Gowing, J.W., Hardy, B.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Environment and Livelihoods in Tropical Coastal Zones: Managing Agriculture-Fishery-Aquaculture Conflicts

Year of Conference: 2006

Pages: 249-257

Publisher: Wallingford: CABI Publishing

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Series Title: Comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture series

ISBN: 1845931076