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CZC2010 Coastalshed Abstract

CZC2010 Coastalshed Abstract

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Published by Paul R. Boudreau
Butler et al. presentation for Coastal Zone Canada 2010 Conference.
Butler et al. presentation for Coastal Zone Canada 2010 Conference.

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Published by: Paul R. Boudreau on Apr 26, 2010
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Coastal Zone Canada 2010 Conference submission1
Finding common ground on a term to facilitateimproved management in a large diverse area ofthe earth’s surface: the coastalshed
Michael J.A. Butler
, Paul R. Boudreau
and Claudette LeBlanc
International Ocean Institute 1226 LeMarchant Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3P7,Canada
Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee, 1226 LeMarchant Street,Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3P7, Canada
 Since the publication of the Brundtland report [1] in 1987 managers, scientists andcitizens have struggled to effectively describe and communicate about the geographicarea of interest for integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM). In the 1987 report,under the section “Oceans: the balance of life”, it states: “Five zones bear on thismanagement: inland areas, which affect the oceans mostly via rivers; coastal lands -swamps, marshes, and so on - close to the sea, where human activities can directly affectthe adjacent waters; coastal waters - estuaries, lagoons, and shallow waters generally -where the effects of land-based activities are dominant; offshore waters, out roughly tothe edge of the continental shelf; and the high seas, largely beyond the 200-mile EEZs of coastal states' control.” We deal here with the first four of the five zones.Since this report, numerous terms refer to these four zones such as “coastal and ocean”,“coastal zone”, etc.. None properly capture the necessary linkages among the land,freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems.To address this challenge, we propose a new word “coastalshed” to simply express thearea of the globe that is comprised of the ocean area under the jurisdiction of a nationalgovernment, the adjacent coastal and estuarine area as well as the land and freshwater in

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