Talk:Coastal zone delimitation

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Job Dronkers: As argued in the article Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), the establishment of a coastal zone boundary is not necessary and there are even objections to:

  • The extent to which marine processes influence the hinterland differs from place to place, for example in the case of salt seepage to the upper soil layers;
  • The coastal area at risk of flooding by the sea is not fixed, but is gradually expanding as a result of climate change (especially sea level rise) and human actions (for example groundwater extraction).

In practice, the coastal area only corresponds to an administrative unit in exceptional cases; the creation of a governance structure for the coastal area can cause administrative conflicts, whilst cooperation between different administrative bodies is at the core of integrated coastal zone management.