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Coastal protection strategies from a social perspective
M.A. van Aalst
Publicatie type | artikel (tijdschrift)
Around the world, the risk of flooding is higher in low-lying coastal areas and cities like Jakarta, Miami and Ho Chi Minh city. Although the need for coastal protection may be evident, the actual implementation of effective flood risk management strategies is quite a different story. Plans for these strategies may look wonderful on paper but they are difficult to implement due to financial, political and social constraints. This project addresses the plan/implementation gap by estimating the feasibility of seven different coastal protection strategies worldwide. The strategies range from the construction of hard, permanent structures such as sea walls and storm surge barriers to the preservation of existing natural structures like dunes,
coral reefs, nourishment, and the restoration of salt marshes and mangroves.