Managed Retreat in Maui, Hawaii
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Beach and marine-based activities are of great importance to Maui’s economy, culture and lifestyle. Hard engineering structures hinder access to the beach, impound sand reservoirs and contribute to beach scour, leading to narrow beaches that can ultimately be completely lost. Beach loss equates to a financial loss in the long-term. Maui County is taking forward managed retreat initiatives to facilitate the maintenance of a wide beach able to support tourism and to reduce the risk from extreme storm events to people and property. Therefore, managed retreat in Maui is a policy-decision underpinned by both economic and environmental reasons. This chapter describes current policy approaches and provides examples of managed retreat measures in Maui.
KeywordsSeaward Edge Extreme Storm Event Public Beach Sand Fence Narrow Beach
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