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Extant Legal and Jurisdictional Constraints on Irish Coastal Management

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The success of any coastal zone management policy is dependent on, among other things, effective legislation and its enforcement. This article examines some possible legal constraints on the implementation of an integrated coastal zone management policy in Ireland. An introduction to the existing legal framework is provided, and the inconsistencies and ambiguities related, in particular, to jurisdiction and area of responsibility are highlighted. In particular the effect of land ownership and property rights on coastal zone management are examined with reference to two popular resort beaches in County Donegal, Ireland. While a revision of the relevant legislation is desirable, it is probably unrealistic; however, powers are available to the various institutions involved in coastal management that are currently unused. These are reviewed and their potential to improve coastal zone management is discussed.
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Keywords: INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT; LAND OWNERSHIP; LEGISLATION; PLANNING; PROPERTY RIGHTS; STATUTORY POWERS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-04-01

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