Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Coastal Zone Management


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The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Coastal zone management and climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

The Cook Islands - an Ocean and Coastal Environment
Vaitoti Tupa discusses the environmental challenges facing the Cook Islands, commenting on climate change and sea-level rise, resource sustainability and capacity building. Published May 2007

Lessons from the Indian Ocean Tsunami
Thailand recently hosted a conference to discuss the lessons learnt from the Indian Ocean tsunami. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly reports. Published May 2005

Erosion of Low-lying Reef Islands
Paul Kench and Peter Cowell present methodological developments in assessing the effect of sea-level rise on the erosion of low-lying reef islands. Published June 2004

Anne de la Vega-Leinert summarizes an integrated modelling project intended to improve understanding of the impacts of sea-level rise. Published March 2003

The SURVAS Project
Anne de la Vega-Leinert and Robert Nicholls discuss the impacts of accelerated sea-level rise and adaptive options. Published September 2000

Protecting Bangladesh
Hugh Brammer discusses the general approach and current activities of the Bangladesh Flood Action Plan. Published April 1993

A Legal Perspective on the FAP
The Bangladesh Flood Action Plan (FAP) has received severe criticism from some quarters. Tiempo discusses the FAP with Mohiuddin Farooque, a lawyer with the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Published April 1993

On the Web

Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners
Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners, from the Coastal Resources Center, provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns in coastal areas. It proposes an approach for assessing vulnerability to climate change and climate variability, developing and implementing adaptation options, and integrating options into programs, development plans, and projects at the national and local levels. This is known as a vulnerability and adaptation or V&A approach. Published May 2009

Città d'Acqua (International Centre Cities on Water)
The International Centre Cities on Water is a non-profit association set up in Venice in 1989 with the aim of developing activities connected to the water-city relationship. It produces Acropolis, a newsletter linking cities in coastal zones and alongside inland bodies of water. In English and Italian.

Climate Change in Kiribati
The Climate Change in Kiribati website provies news and information, including videos, about the impact of climate change on this vulnerable island nation.

Climate Ready Estuaries
The Climate Ready Estuaries website offers information on climate change impacts to different estuary regions, access to tools and resources to monitor changes and information to help managers develop adaptation plans for estuaries and coastal communities.

Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas (1.2MB download)
Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, provides a brief introduction to key physical impacts of climate change on estuaries and a review of on-the-ground adaptation options available to coastal managers to reduce their systems' vulnerability to climate change impacts. Published January 2009

Coastal Typology Development
The global coastal zone typology enables the grouping of the world's coastal zone into clusters of discrete units based on both natural and socio-economic features and processes. The typology dataset can be downloaded.

Coping with Beach Erosion
The author, Gillian Cambers, describes practical steps to follow when contemplating an oceanside purchase - or when a favourite beach suddenly disappears overnight. The wise practices discussed herein should help coastal planners and stakeholders around the world to establish their own specific measures and guidelines for dealing with coastline instability.

Coral Reef Web Sites
The Centre for Tropical Coastal Management Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne makes available listings of web sites concerned with coral reefs and other coastal resources and coastal zone management.

Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands
The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands provides information on global developments related to oceans, coasts and Small Island Developing States, particularly activities aimed at achieving oceans-related targets from the World Summit on Sustainable Development and from the Millennium Development Goals through policy analyses, multi-stakeholder dialogues, working groups, roundtables and other approaches.

IGBP Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)
A core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, LOICZ focuses on transfer processes within the coastal zone and on the human dimension of global change in this highly-populated sector.

Integrated Coastal Zone Management
The Europa website on integrated coastal zone management contains details of European Union policy developments in this area as well as technical reports and news of relevant research and outreach programmes.

Island Resources Foundation
The island Resource Foundation is developing a unique approach to island development that emphasizes the application of sound science to environmental problem solving, skills building for islanders and collaborative capacity building for island institutionsm, strengthening the availability of information resources for informed decision making and educating international agencies and donor institutions about the uniqueness of islands.

Managing our Coastal Zone in a Changing Climate: The Time to Act is Now
Managing our Coastal Zone in a Changing Climate: The Time to Act is Now, from the Australian House Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts, reports on an inquiry into Australia's coastal zone and makes recommendations to improve management of climate and environmental impacts.

Mangroves for the Future
Mangroves for the Future, led by the World Conservation Union, is a multi-agency, multi-country initiative for the long-term conservation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs, wetlands, forests, lagoons, estuaries, beaches and sandy shores.

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Synthesis
Marine and Coastal Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Synthesis, from UNEP, sets out to provide answers to a series of questions: What is the current status of marine and coastal ecosystems? What are the drivers of change in marine and coastal ecosystems? Why should we care if we lose marine and coastal ecosystems? What can be done to ensure that marine and coastal ecosystems and services are conserved? Published June 2006

Megacities and Climate Change
Megacities and Climate Change, from LEAD International and the Urban Age Programme, explores the linkages between leadership and climate change in a rapidly urbanising world, and aims at promoting a discussion about the trends, challenges and solutions currently underway in different urban settings and in four key areas of urban development: water and sanitation; energy; land use and urban planning, and transport and urban mobility. Published January 2009

NOAA Coastal Services Center
The mission of the NOAA Coastal Services Center, based in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, is to foster and sustain the environmental and economic well being of the nation's coast by linking people, information and technology

Online Managed Realignment Guide
The Online Managed Realignment Guide is a collection point for coastal habitat creation projects in Europe, focusing on presenting lessons learned from those schemes which have made it through to implementation.

Preparing for a Sea Change
Preparing for a Sea Change - A Strategy to Cope with the Impacts of Global Warming on the State's Coastal and Marine Systems, from the Natural Resources Defense Council, is intended to provide guidelines for concrete, science-based action on the critical issues Florida faces in light of global warming and to stimulate informed debate for the preservation of the signature natural resources that make her unique. Published May 2008

Rolling Easements (6.2MB download)
Rolling Easements, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, argues that future development of some low-lying coastal lands must be based on the premise that eventually the land must give way to the rising sea. It provides a primer on more than a dozen approaches for ensuring that wetlands and beaches can migrate inland, as people remove buildings, roads, and other structures from land as it becomes submerged. Published June 2011

Sustainable Coastlines
Sustainable Coastlines provides ideas, coordination and support to communities to initiate, pursue and take ownership of local projects that will help improve their particular coastal environment.

Sustainable Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands
Sustainable Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands is an UNESCO initiative aimed at promoting the development of coastal regions in a manner which is environmentally sound, socially equitable and culturally appropriate. Combines expertise from natural and social sciences as well as local knowledge and practice.

Thames Barrier
Information about the world's largest movable flood barrier.

World Deltas Network
The World Deltas Network is a data, information, and research support service for deltas, to advance integrated science in the coastal zone, spanning physical, biological, and sociological disciplines.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015