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Conservation and management of the Bangladesh coastal ecosystem: overview of an integrated approach


Iftekhar, M, Conservation and management of the Bangladesh coastal ecosystem: overview of an integrated approach, Natural Resources Forum, 30, (3) pp. 230-237. ISSN 0165-0203 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1477-8947.2006.00111.x


Although the coastal ecosystem of Bangladesh contains a highly functional and structurally diverse ecology, this ecology is gradually being degraded. As a consequence, the quality of life of a large section of the coastal community is in economic decline. This poses a daunting challenge to the sectoral coastal management programmes, active since the 1960s, aiming at simultaneously ameliorating people's livelihood and supporting the ecosystem. These programmes have been reasonably successful in managing the ecosystem, but in many cases, the situation has become worse. The limitations of these programmes include the tendency to adopt an exclusionist approach, a narrowly departmentalized administration and weak management. Currently, the integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) approach is espoused as the main strategy. With the adoption of Bangladesh's Coastal Zone Policy of 2005, the foundation for integrated management was laid. The next realistic target will be to bring about changes in culture and mandate among coastal institutions in favour of integrated management. © 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2006 United Nations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Iftekhar, M (Dr Md Sayed Iftekhar)
ID Code:68756
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2011-03-19
Last Modified:2012-02-17

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