Beach Management: Principles and Practice

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Earthscan, 2009 - Business & Economics - 480 pages
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Whether a sunbathing beach in the Mediterranean, a surf beach in Australia, a conservation area in the UK or a wild section of wind-and wave-swept dunes on the Oregon coast, beaches are one of the most widely loved and heavily used and abused areas in the world. Competing social or recreational, economic and conservation uses and the needs of many users make beach management particularly challenging but vitally important. This comprehensive book provides full coverage of beach management principles and practice, with an emphasis on needs-based management. The book comprises two sections. Part one covers beach management principles and theory and addresses practical management tools and guidelines including how to determine the best management strategy for different beach types (linear, pocket, resort, urban, village, rural and remote) as well as how to include user preferences and priorities in effective management plans. The second section provides a wealth of case studies of best and worst practice authored by a cast of international beach management experts from the UK, USA, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, and Latin America. The emphasis throughout the book is on optimizing economic, social and environmental outcomes and reconciling competing needs in management planning for beach area.

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Chapter 1 An Introduction to Beach Management
Chapter 2 Fundamental Concepts of Beach Management
Chapter 3 Theoretical Models for Determining Beach Management Strategy and Management Plans
Chapter 4 Beach Management Guidelines
Chapter 5 Beach User Questionnaire Surveys
Chapter 6 Environmental Risk Management
Chapter 7 Innovative Application of Selected Management Tools to the Beach Environment
Chapter 8 Beach Awards and Rating Schemes
Chapter 9 A Bathing Area Registration and Classification Scheme
Case Studies
List of Contributors

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Allan Williams is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales, UK and has published more than 250 academic papers on coastal science and geography.Anton Micallef is a full-time lecturer at the University of Malta and has consulted and published on many aspects of the coastal environment. He is also Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics, a specialised Centre of the Council of Europe's Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement