Looking at the big picture

05/05/2012 § Leave a comment

An analysis involving coastal management plans.
The question: Why is coastal management important?

1. Certain countries receive a lot of their economic boost from tourism, which is the commercial organization and operation of vacations and visits to interesting and cultural places, and much of that tourism is found in the nation’s coast. Countries like Argentina, for example, rely heavily on the amount of tourism that happens along the coast of Buenos Aires to support their economy. If such coasts ever get dirty or unattractive, diminishing its worth as a tour site, then tourists from all over the world wouldn’t want to go to those coasts anymore. This will result in a heavy loss for a nation’s economy and will keep that country from further economic development. This will force that nation to become an LEDC and won’t help it improve as a recognized nation in the globe. This is why nations have coastal management to keep their coasts aesthetic and fascinating in order to maintain a touristic coast that will help strengthen their economies.

2. In this new day and age, it is necessary for nations to maintain a diverse and biologically strong geography in their land and their coasts. If a nation fails to do this, not only will it make them look bad among other beautiful, blue-sea, blue-sky, colorfully flowered and generally gorgeous countries, it is also environmentally unhealthy to their geography. Being unable to preserve the natural strength of a coast will ruin the beauty (what’s left of it) of that coast. If a coast’s biological reserves are not preserved, everything will crumble and die. This problem is increasingly becoming an important cause that many are working towards in this world, and is also a problem that ties in directly to our units in environmental science. Coastal management helps preserve the biologic make-up of a country’s coast and preserves that coast’s wildlife and habitats. Countries such as Rio de Janeiro, Manila and Sydney have very rich diversity and wildlife in their coasts and allowing that diversity to die and fade away makes an irresponsible nation that doesn’t care enough for their environment. This is why coastal management is so important, especially to the environment of a coast.

3. “Transportation is vital because humans can’t get anything done without moving stuff and movine themselves.” (Medalla, 2012). These are wise words indeed coming from a very wise source (see Six Reasons Why Coasts Are Important). Without the multiple existing coasts that serve as transport locations, human society can’t go about their daily life. They won’t receive everyday supplies if those supplies can’t be shipped throughout the world. They won’t be able to go to work or school if the trains don’t exist. The perfect example would be the very coast we live on right now – Rokko Island (or simply Kobe). As a port city, hundreds of items come in every day for society to use. Similarly, as a coast, Kobe has a train system that runs right along the coast, which very convenient for the large population that lives on this coast. As mentioned previously this is why coasts are so important but with future problems that multiple nations are facing, such as sea level rise and coastal erosion, the efficiency of coastal transportation might just be impossible. Coastal management, however, is the way to prevent such threats from taking away our coasts from us. It can make sure that a coast is in a condition that allows it to keep transporting things and people to different places. Furthermore, without the coast, transportation won’t cease to exist, it will just become far more difficult and expensive, which will result in taking more money out of the economy. Transportation is huge in this way, making coastal management all the more important. Coastal management can prevent future occurrences from ruining a coast and make sure that coast can continue its transportation.

4. Coasts have people living on them. Obviously. We are the living, breathing examples of that, since we live on Rokko Island. Coastal residents work, get educated and live their lives on these coasts. These people are make up the population that makes the settlements in a coast. Some coasts have a population of a couple thousand, others have a few million. New York, Kolkata, Shanghai and Istanbul are examples of coastal cities that have more than 10 million occupants. This may seem really simple but it’s still quite vital. If a coast succumbs to future problems like erosion, it will deteriorate into a condition that can no longer house a population. Thus, if a coastal’s carrying capacity dwindles, millions of the previous residents will be misplaced. This will cause an increase in the homeless population of that country and this is not something the government will look forward to spending more money on, trying to find these people homes and probably jobs, too. Coastal management is important in this sense because it lets people keep their homes on these coasts.

5. Now it’s time to look at the big picture. Future issues such as flooding and sea level rise can kill a coast. If we look at things in general, it is not only the coast that will be affected by this but the millions who live on the coast, the businesses, resource extraction companies, the wildlife and the civilization that essentially lives on that coast. When a coast cannot handle the future issues that can damage it, its future withers and eventually dies after the coast itself dies. A country’s government then won’t be able to conserve the benefits of the coast for its future generations. Almost all coasts are focusing on this (conserve their coast for future generations) in their coastal management plan, such as Buenos Aires and Manila. A weak coastal management plan will make a weak coast that can’t work well with its human environment. The coast can’t mutually benefit the human environment around it if the humans aren’t taking care of the coastal environment. This will erase the coast’s future and get rid of all of its resources, efficiencies and natural beauty. A good coastal management plan makes sure that a coast has a strong and definitive future.

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