St. Lucia Coastal Planning
An integrated, cross-sectoral planning and management program was needed to address not only the current environmental and developmental pressures along the northwest coastline, but also the long-term protection and sustainability of the natural, cultural and economic coastal resources.
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St. Lucia, West Indies
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Issues and concerns were first identified and provided the framework for a coastal zone management plan. A field data acquisition program was then designed to characterize the physical, biological, social and marine environment.
- Beach erosion monitoring program
- Geophysical survey and nearshore marine habitat mapping
- Assessed water and sediment quality within coastal watersheds
- Modeled hurricane wave climate and nearshore wave transformation
- Developed pilot social impact assessment and public awareness campaign
- Develop local environmental management capacity.
- Organize a large of amount of complex data.
- Limited availability of Government financial resources.
- A Coastal Zone Management Unit comprised of government personnel was created with direct support and training.
- A GIS-based information management system was designed and installed that included hardware, software and training.
- A joint initiative with partial funding from the Canadian International Development Agency was developed.