Some 37% of the world’s population lives within 100 km of the coast, at a population density twice the global average. Heavy population pressure on the coasts is causing more and more of the natural environment to be paved over or converted into ports, tourist beaches, and new communities. more...
Coastal Zone Management
From the earliest days of the Regional Seas Programme, environmental management has always been a key chapter of the Regional Seas action plans, beginning with the Mediterranean. Today, integrated coastal managemetn (ICM),(also known as integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) has become the preferred approach to sustainable development and resource use of coastal areas. more...