Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

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| Editors: Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski

Conservation of Coastal Sites

  • Vincent May
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_97-2

Conservation of coastal resources has been practiced throughout human history as communities have endeavored to manage the food, water, and other resources of the coast in ways which ensure that each season or year will bring at least comparable bounty from the sea and the land. Protection of coastal sites in the historic past usually meant protection of areas to be used for elite recreation or as locations where coastal resources were to be conserved. Only in recent centuries, however, have communities begun to take specific action to conserve coastal sites for their natural flora and fauna. This has meant that some areas of coastal land and water have been designated as more important for conservation than others. This may have led to distortions in the behavior of coastal ecosystems which are just as important as the distortions which conservation is intended to prevent.

What does “conservation” mean? Usually, it means management in ways which protect the inherent natural and human...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Conservation SciencesBournemouth UniversityPooleUK