MARINE SCIENCE FOR MANAGEMENT OF COASTAL RISKS AND VULNERABILITY: THE COASTAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PLAN OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Maya Pfaff, Liwalam Madikiza and Alan Boyd
Department of Environmental Affairs

 

Abstract
To facilitate the implementation of the Integrated Coastal Management Act, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) recently established the Coastal Environmental Research group, following the mandate to conduct focused research and monitoring in the field of coastal risks and vulnerability. The aims of the group are: (a) To expand existing monitoring of coastal processes and coordinate between existing departmental and provincial monitoring efforts (as being undertaken for estuaries); (b) To investigate the level of vulnerability of coastal regions to identified key risk factors and facilitate spatial planning; (c) To investigate effects of various hazards (including pollution from marine and land-based sources) on biodiversity of classified habitats and areas; (d) To review baselines of marine pollutants, determine water quality standards, guide their monitoring, and provide scientific advice to DEA Pollution Management; and (e) To investigate the socio-economic exposure of the coast and coastal activities to the above risks. This presentation is an introduction to the group’s vision and research plan, and its integration into existing management structures.

 

Presentation Topic
MARINE SCIENCE FOR MANAGEMENT OF COASTAL RISKS AND VULNERABILITY: THE COASTAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PLAN OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
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