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A Workbook of Practical Exercises in Coastal Zone Management for Tropical Islands

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Coastal Development and Impact Assessment

In most cases, the full use of coastal zone resources requires some form of infrastructural development. For example, the enjoyment of a bathing beach by tourists may be enhanced by construction of breakwaters or by provision of adjacent accommodation and refreshment outlets; a fishing village benefits from calm moorings and storage facilities; and commercial shipping depends on adequate docking space, dredged channels and navigation markers. Increasing development of the coast requires expansion of these structures by modification of coastal environments, as with the filling of mangrove wetlands for dock expansion and a race track in St. Thomas (Towle, 1985) or river diversion during industrial development in Point Lisas, Trinidad (McShine-Mutunhu, 1985).

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