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An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Beach Management in the Catalan Coast (North-Western Mediterranean)

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Abstract:

This article presents a comprehensive analysis of beach management in the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean) by introducing and integrating results from different partial projects. They analyzed the legal, political, and administrative framework of beach management, the quality tools available, the practices of management, the processes of beach use, and beach waste/litter dynamics. The information obtained served to create a new beach management tool referred to as the Beach Quality Index, which was developed by an interdisciplinary team of academics from the natural/physical sciences and social sciences that worked together during the course of four years. Information obtained from users and key stakeholders served to create the index. The study demonstrated that as a consequence of the shortcomings in the legal and administrative system as well as inadequate practices of beach managers, beach management in the area experiences coordination problems, insufficient information and lack of proactive management, pollution, and in general problems associated with the satisfaction of short-term user demands.

Keywords: institutions; local management; quality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2012.692308

Affiliations: 1: Laboratory for Coastal Research, International Hurricane Research Center,Florida International University, Miami,Florida, USA 2: Laboratori d’Enginyeria Marítima, ETSECCPB,Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 3: Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes,CSIC, Girona, Spain

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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