Towards Sustainable Coastal Development

Institutionalizing Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Coastal Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia

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Coastal areas around the world are severely stressed due to a myriad of human activities and marine pollution. They are now detrimentally being affected by climate change and sea level rise as well. One major theater most acutely impacted by these phenomena is coastal South Asia, an overcrowded region with low adaptive capacities. Drawing on the experiences of coastal countries and regions beyond South Asia, Towards Sustainable Coastal Development: Institutionalizing Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Coastal Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia recommends operationalizing integrated coastal zone management and linking the same with coastal climate change adaptation under appropriately crafted coastal laws to facilitate a move towards sustainable coastal development.
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Biographical Note

Tony George Puthucherril, M.Phil. (National University of Juridical Sciences, India), Ph.D. (Dalhousie University, Canada), is a Vanier Graduate Scholar and a Research Associate at the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University, Canada. He is also the author of the book From Shipbreaking to Sustainable Ship Recycling: Evolution of a Legal Regime (Martinus Nijhoff, 2010).

Review Quotes

"The author has provided a persuasive case for regional coastal management. He has effectively linked the law with wider management and policy solutions. The book is set in an international context and draws on a variety of jurisdictions to develop a much-needed solution to a real and pressing issue. For a law book, there is also much fascinating detail about the areas in question, as well as excellent illustrative maps and the use of SWOT analysis. The literary references and the thoughtful, but realistic, tone make this an interesting read, as well as a scholarly consideration of climate change and sustainable development and ICZM in SouthAsia. It is book that should be read by coastal policymakers and decisionmakers from all countries with a sea board, as well as academics and students with an interest in coastal law and sustainable development."
- Environmental Law Review, 8(2)

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1 BACKGROUND
1.2 NATURE AND SCOPE

PART I: THE PROBLÉMATIQUE IN CONTEXT

CHAPTER 2: THREATENED COASTS, COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS: THE NEED FOR INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
2.1 INTRODUCTION
2.2 RISING SEAS
2.3 RECEDING COASTLINES: IMPACT ON COASTAL AREAS AND MARITIME TERRITORIES
2.4 IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA LEVEL RISE ON COASTAL COMMUNITIES
2.5 CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON COASTAL RESOURCES AND ECOSYSTEMS
2.6 CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 3: COASTAL LAWS, INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT, AND COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
IN SOUTH ASIA
3.1 INTRODUCTION
3.2 SEA LEVEL RISE, INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT, AND COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN SOUTH ASIA
3.3 A COASTAL LAW AUDIT OF SOUTH ASIA: AN OVERVIEW
3.4 CONCLUSION

PART II: LINKING INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT AND COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION FOR SUSTAINABLE COASTAL DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER 4: UNDERSTANDING SUSTAINABLE COASTAL DEVELOPMENT
4.1 INTRODUCTION
4.2 THE DIALECTIC OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
4.3 SUSTAINABLE COASTAL DEVELOPMENT
4.4 CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 5: LINKING COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION TO AN INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT PROCESS FOR
SUSTAINABLE COASTAL DEVELOPMENT
5.1 INTRODUCTION
5.2 DEFINING ICZM
5.3 DECODING ICZM: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
5.4 ICZM: A BALANCING ACT
5.5 CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION FOR COASTAL AND MARINE ENVIRONMENTS
5.6 LINKING COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION TO ICZM: TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN?
5.7 CONCLUSION

PART III: THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE COASTAL DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER 6: COASTAL LAW, ICZM AND ADAPTING TO SEA LEVEL RISE
6.1 INTRODUCTION
6.2 INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
6.3 INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT AND ADAPTING TO SEA LEVEL RISE THROUGH COASTAL LAW: SELECTED NATIONAL EXPERIENCES
6.4 CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 7: LAW IN THE SERVICE OF ICZM AND COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
7.1 INTRODUCTION
7.2 LAW FOR COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT: THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
7.3 THE NEED FOR AN ICZM LEGAL FRAMEWORK: SWOT ANALYSIS
7.4 ICZM LAW THROUGH RECENT DECADES: WHERE FROM HERE?
7.5 CONCLUSION

PART IV: NEW DIRECTIONS FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT REGIONAL REGIME-BUILDING IN SOUTH ASIA

CHAPTER 8: A REGIONAL REGIME ON ICZM AND COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN SOUTH ASIA
8.1 INTRODUCTION
8.2 COASTAL MANAGEMENT IN SOUTH ASIA: REGIONAL AND SUB-REGIONAL ARRANGEMENTS
8.3 APPROACHES TO LEGISLATING ICZM: LESSONS FROM OTHER REGIONS
8.4 REGIME THEORY AND PROSPECTS FOR REGIONAL ICZM REGIME BUILDING IN SOUTH ASIA
8.5 BUILDING A SOUTH ASIA REGIONAL ICZM REGIME: A SWOT ANALYSIS
8.6 CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 9: A PRINCIPLED APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE COASTAL DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA
9.1 INTRODUCTION
9.2 FORM AND SUBSTANCE: ELEMENTS OF A REGIONAL ICZM REGIME
9.3 CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 10: CONCLUSION
10.1 MOVING TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE COASTAL DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA
10.2 THE MESSAGE
10.3 EPILOGUE

Readership

This major work on comparative coastal law contextualized in interdisciplinary and policy analysis, is indispensable to those interested in coastal and marine law, development studies, sea level rise, climate change adaptation and integrated coastal zone management.

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