Ocean Utilization and Economic Conflicts in the Coastal Zone

  • R. H. Charlier
Conference paper


It has been a common occurrence, over the last decades for conflicts and competition to develop, among existing and potential users of the coastal zone. An agonizing choice has been forced in many instances upon governing bodies, even private enterprises, involving frequently considerable economic, social and ecological impact.

The increasing economic importance of the coastal zone and the growing pressures to which it is subjected create an urgent need, especially for nations in the process of industrialization, to first study, then manage the coastal zone Management and protection of the coastal zone should be harmoniously interwoven. To this end, the geologist has a primordial role to assume. This paper, prepared in part for a governmental agency, examines the combined scenario of geological and economic activities.


Coastal Zone Continental Shelf European Economic Community Coast Protection Coastal Zone Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. Charlier
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  1. 1.IFAQ-Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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