Integrated Planning and Management of Natural Resources

A Guide to Writing Sustainable Development Plans for Tropical Coastal Areas

by Dwight Watson


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Integrated coastal zone management is a process of good governance that guides decision-making on the equitable allocation and sustainable use of natural resources. Integrated Planning and Management of Natural Resources describes systematic planning procedures for writing a hierarchy of strategic, zoning, management, and action plans. These plans can be adapted to any coastal management area in order to realize the social, economic, and environmental benefits that can be derived from spatially allocating, developing, and regulating the use of its diverse natural resources.

About the Author

Dwight Watson grew up in rural southern Ontario, Canada and obtained his PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in the biological sciences, all at the University of Guelph. He also earned his MBA degree from the School of Business, Durham University, England. Dr. Watson has over thirty years of practical experience working in Southeast Asia on the design and implementation of programs to build an effective institutional capacity for the responsible management of natural resources and the environment.