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The Status and Prospects for Coastal Management in Korea

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South Korea has entered into the implementation phase of a national coastal management program administered by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. The program is authorized by legislation adopted in 1998. Korea's coastal region, particularly its west and south coasts, is intensely utilized and is being transformed by large-scale reclamation projects and industrial centers. The implications of these changes and the forces affecting the program's mandate to institute a new, cross-sectoral planning and decision-making process are reviewed in light of the authority and current capacity of an incipient coastal management program. Principles to guide the current phase of the program's evolution are offered.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Marine Environment & Safety Division, Korea Maritime Institute, Seoul, Korea 2: Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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