Government inefficiency places people in coastal zones at risk from tsunamisJuly 11th, 2009 - 4:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 11 (ANI): A team of international experts has determined that governments have largely failed to seriously implement integrated management in coastal zones, placing people at risk of disasters such as hurricane Katrina and the Banda Aceh tsunami.
This was the conclusion of 40 international experts from wide ranging disciplines including economics, social sciences and natural sciences who met for an intensive, 5 day workshop near Oslo, Norway.
Many Megacities such as Tokyo, New York and London are found in the coastal zone.
According to researchers, coastal protection measures give a sense of false security and require increasingly expensive infrastructure.
The treatment and cure of these coastal syndromes includes renewable energy, recycled water and solid waste, sourcing locally grown foods and attention to social equity issues, especially in education and healthcare.
The researchers said that up to now, governments at all scales, from local to international, have largely failed to seriously implement integrated management in coastal zones.
This has placed people at risk of disasters such as hurricane Katrina and the Banda Aceh tsunami.
The interconnection of coastal processes with upstream management in river catchment has widely been ignored, causing coastal erosion, lack of runoff, nutrient shortage and subsiding deltas.
The pace of change in general is increasing and regionally, the world is already seeing both economic and climate-change refugees.
In parallel, there are climate entrepreneurs eager to exploit Arctic resources.
Climate change is exposing the fragile Arctic coasts and ecosystems as well as their vulnerable inhabitants, who subsist on traditional lifestyles, to increasing risks.
Innovation is needed to solve the widespread problems, if we are to turn the tide of losses.
According to researchers, we must enable governance at all scales from intergovernmental engagement to the individual, personal choices that may counteract the tyranny of “small and short sighted decisions”. (ANI)
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