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Reconciling multiple demands in coastal zones

Researcher:  Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

Coastal areas are one of the most challenging ecosystems for management due to the diversity, complexity, dynamics and vulnerability of the natural and social systems that characterise the coasts. Consequently, management goals aiming to balance resource sustainability, economic efficiency and social equity are often not met, despite the integrative and holistic approaches that are being employed. This research examines one fundamental question underlying coastal challenges which needs to be addressed before achieving integrated coastal management – can multiple demands in coastal areas be reconciled? If so, how?

Specific aims of the project:

  1. To apply the ‘coastal transects analysis model’ (CTAM) to describe biophysical features of the coasts, coastal stakeholders, their activities and their livelihood dependency on coastal resources;
  2. To assess interactions (impacts and flows) between natural and human systems; and
  3. To engage coastal stakeholders in the exploration of coastal development scenarios and the discussion about trade-offs.

Study sites:

The research will be conducted in selected coastal areas of Newfoundland, and will complement the research conducted at the Coastal Development Centre in Thailand, partner of the EU-funded global research network, INCOFISH ( More information about CTAM is available at