MARE Publication Series Volume I


Challenging Coasts: Transdisciplinary Excursions into Integrated Coastal Zone Development

 Leontine E. Visser (Ed.)

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The MARE Publication Series was inaugurated on March 24th, 2004. During a festive gathering, the first book, entitled Challenging Coasts, Transdisciplinary Excursions into Integrated Coastal Zone Development (editor Leontine Visser) was presented to the dean of the University of Amsterdam

Coastal zones are boundary areas, places where environments, cultures, and economic sectors encounter each other, conflict, and interchange. From a wide variety of disciplinary starting points, the contributions to this volume engage with boundary issues of key importance for the coastal zone. They are united in this effort by two guiding themes. First, they recognise that the problems of the coastal zone are together best seen as a development challenge rather than as a management challenge. Second, the challenge of the coasts requires a transdisciplinary response from the social and natural sciences.

The contributions to Challenging Coasts address these themes through a diverse range of topics in a variety of coastal settings. Papers examine case studies in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Subjects of focus include coastal zone development, biodiversity protection, marine park management, the threat of political-economic change to livelihoods, multiple-use conflicts, and the legal-institutional challenges of habitat protection. The volume as a whole is tied together in a first paper on boundaries and transdisciplinarity in coastal zone development.

Challenging Coasts will be an importance resource for students, researchers, teachers, and policy makers working on issues related to coasts and coastal zone development.

Leontine E. Visser is Professor of Sociology/Anthropology of Development at Wageningen University.

Click HERE for a review of this book in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY.

Click HERE for a review of this book in OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT.

Click HERE for a review of this book in DEVELOPMENT