The Coastal Zone Atlas as a Potential Tool for Citizen Participation in Japanese Coastal Area Planning

  • H. A. Shapiro
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In this paper, the bio-physical as well as some of the socio-cultural and political conditions related to Japan’s coastal area, its use and management etc. are introduced. Then the nature of coastal information in that nation is briefly discussed. Much of that information is either inaccessible or incomprehensible to environmentally-concerned coastal citizens wishing to actively participate in coastal area decision-making. The concept of the coastal atlas is then introduced with a description of some examples. The coastal atlas is suggested as one possibly effective tool for helping the people in their effort to actively and constructively participate in coastal zone management, planning and protection. Finally, work in progress on one such atlas for the Osaka Bay area is briefly introduced, and some of the difficulties foreseen facing such work are outlined.


Coastal Zone Coastal Zone Management Coastal Access Osaka Basin Coastal Area Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. Shapiro
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  1. 1.Department of Environmental PlanningOsaka Geijutsu UniversityMinami-Kawachi, Osaka, 585Japan

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