Wetlands; Wildlife Resources; Water Conservation; Water Resources Assessment; Oceans
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Summary: Coastal zones are important issues in the international debate on the environment and sustainable development. The coastal zone in general consists of the interface between land and sea and in such an equation marine space and resources are as important as terrestrial ones. This means that small island developing states such as the Seychelles have a large coastal area to land mass ratio. As concisely as possible, this document reveals the status of all major and pressing issues revolving around the coastal zone and provides some suggestions on how to move forward. Firstly, the coastal zone of Seychelles is described and some parameters are presented to assist in a precise definition of the coastal zone. This chapter includes an overview of all the principal islands. Secondly, the major development opportunities and threats on the coastal zone of Mahe are outlined. These include tourism, commercial and manufacturing industries and ports. Fisheries and agriculture are presented in the chapter entitled natural resource use: threats and weaknesses. This chapter also outlines the use of geological resources such as sand. Since there are major threats to the integrity of the coastal zone, these are treated separately. These trends in environmental concern include biodiversity and the management of protected areas, coastal erosion, population and urban pressure and development on the outer islands. Climate change is a global worry and since a rising sea level and other phenomena associated with climate change could devastate the coastal zone; this issue is investigated in another chapter. Many projects impinging on the coastal zone are donor driven. Therefore, the status of these projects is examined. Management strengths and weaknesses are described with a view to promote Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). The necessary for ICZM and constraints hindering integrated approaches treated. Finally, some recommendations are outlined to provide some vitally needed to build a foundation for ICZM in Seychelles.
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