Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The same story for 25 years...

"Lessons learnt from a collaborative management programme in coastal Tanzania."

This is the title of an article from the latest 2010 edition of Ocean and Coastal Management:

In 1997 this same journal devoted an entire issue to "Lessons learned in Integrated Coastal Management." One of the articles was entitled "Evaluating factors contributing to the success of community-based coastal resource management: the Central Visayas Regional Project-1, Philippines."

Then in 1995 we have this article "Community-based and co-management institutions for sustainable coastal fisheries management in Southeast Asia."

In 1993, again from the same journal, an article entitled "Will integrated coastal management programs be sustainable; the constituency problem," discusses the need to build constituencies for community-based or decentralized coastal management systems.

In 1992 the UNCED called for integrated, community-based, coastal management.

And even as early as 1985 USAID and the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center were implementing community-based coastal management projects in Ecuador, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

It is time to move on. We have learned enough lessons about community-based coastal management. It was a step in the right direction, but we have been walking in circles for at least the last decade. Our coasts and oceans are still dying. Lets try something new.



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