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Coastal protection: best practices from the Pacific

Paeniu, Luke and Iese, Viliamu and Jacot des Combes, Helene and De Ramon N'Yeurt, Antoine and Korovulavula, Isoa T. and Koroi, Aliti and Sharma, P. and Hobgood, N. and Chung, K.L. and Devi, Ashmita (2015) Coastal protection: best practices from the Pacific. [Professional and Technical Reports]

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Pacific coasts are constantly changing as a result of natural processes such as tides, strong currents, rain, storm surges, strong wind, cyclones and sea level rise. With increasing human activities within the coastal areas in terms of human settlement, land use changes, flow of solid and liquid waste and coastal developments such as beach ramps, jetties, causeways, coastal protection structures, reef mining and extractions of sand and beach aggregates, there is ever increasing change along Pacific coasts. In addition, climate change and climate variability and extreme weather events have exacerbated the rate of change of Pacific coasts. The coast has been defined as the zone where the land and sea meet. The main features of Pacific coasts are dominated by coral reefs, reef ridges, inter-tidal ridges, beaches, cliffs, wave actions and mangroves. Pacific coasts are designated important areas for providing vital Pacific livelihood. The coastal ecosystems, human sett lement and other major supporting services and basic infrastructure are centred on the coastal zone. Coasts are being used for many reasons. The underlying problem is that Pacific coasts are in a state of crisis. A number of human engineering interventions over the past decade have contributed and accelerated the coastal erosion problem in the Pacific Region. The Pacific coastline is over 50,532 km long. Both natural processes and human engineering work are blamed for causing coastal erosion. This guide has been produced to inform and assist coastal experts, managers, and Pacific communities understand the various measures they can take to reduce coastal erosion.

Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coastal Protection, Best Practices, Climate Change Adaptation, Pacific Islands, Coastal Erosion, Coastal Engineering
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Depositing User: Antoine N'Yeurt
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2015 23:07
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 03:02

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