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Environmental Planning and Management for Oceans and Coasts : Methods, Tools, Geotechnologies
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The book’s four main units contributes significantly to the field of environmental planning. The first part of the book, entitled ‘New Horizons’, describes the physical aspects of marine and coastal environments with their particular planning challenges. The next part presents accepted approaches for planning these areas. Section III discusses state-of-the-art tools and technologies commonly employed by planners such as decision support tools, public participation and marine spatial planning. The last part (V) entitled “Implementation”, presents case studies that relate to the methods, tools and methods described previously in the book. This book with such an international focus is invaluable as many countries embark on new efforts of marine spatial planning and renewed efforts to advance integrated coastal zone management. In the spirit of integration, the book also addresses integrated watershed management as a planning approach which can further contribute to the health and well-being of the coastal and marine environments and the stakeholders using the resources found within these valuable environments.