Coastal Zone Management and Planning
The coastlines of the Caribbean are known for their clear blue waters, sandy beaches and lush, tropical landscapes. The ecosystems here are rich in biodiversity, but fragile. They also are home to human activities such as development, tourism and industry. This coexistence of humans and natural resources can lead to conflicting demands on the coastal zone. Coastal zone management (CZM) is the process of balancing environmental, economic, social, cultural, and recreational objectives while respecting natural coastal dynamics.
A well-developed, comprehensive plan offers guidance in the design of sustainable protection from coastal erosion and measures to minimize flood risk. Proper shoreline management planning ensures that development of the shoreline does not endanger future generations nor impose an unmanageable financial burden in terms of coastal defence works. We provide solutions that stabilise and protect shorelines using nature-based measures such as dune restoration and mangrove planting wherever possible.