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The Edge Winter 2006-2007

The Edge Winter 2006-2007

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The magazine ofCoastNet
ICM in theaftermath of theAsian TsunamiOil spill inLebanonWhen the leveesbroke – a personalaccountBoscastle –regenerationafter the floods
Winter 2007
Coasts in crisis
The edge
Winter 2007
CoastNet – breathing newlife into coastal matters
Winter 2007
Coasts in crisis
The edge 
is a quarterly magazine,sent out to all CoastNet members.CoastNet is an internationalnetworking organisation thatworks with all coastal interests topromote the exchange of ideas,information and expertise to findlong term solutions to coastalproblems that benefit all. Ourmission is to safeguard the world’scoast and those communities ofpeople and wildlife that dependupon it for their future.
Editor: Lesley SmeardonLesley.smeardon@coastnet.org.ukDesigned by: Cottier & SidawayPrinted by: Gildenburgh Ltd
To submit an article for publication, pleaseemail to the editor saving your submissionas a word document. Alternatively, send tothe address below. Letters can be sent to theeditor but we are unable to acknowledgereceipt. The editor reserves the right to editsubmissions.
CoastNet: The Gatehouse,Rowhedge Wharf, High St,Rowhedge, Essex, CO5 7ET.Tel/Fax: 01206 728644Email: admin@coastnet.org.ukWeb: www.coastnet.org.uk
CoastNet is governed by an independentBoard of Management and serviced by aSecretariat.Registered charity no 1055763Registered as a company limited byguarantee, company no 3204452The opinions expressed in the magazine arenot necessarily those of CoastNet.©CoastNet, 2007
Who pays the price?
Manuela de los Rios considers how tominimise the costs of coastal crises and whoultimately loses the most.7
Integrated coastal planning and managementinAsian Tsunami-affected countries
Robert Kay looks at ICM in the aftermath of the2004 tsunami.10
Regeneration after the floods – how didBoscastle do it?
Fiona Fraser-Smith takes a look at communityworking and a partnership approach toregeneration.12
Avery dirty war
IUCN’s Communication Officer in Lebanon,Hala Kilani reports on the clean up effortsfollowing an Israeli air strike that caused thecountry’s largest oil spill.14
When the levees broke
Chari Lopez gives her personal account ofthose days before and after the levees broke inNew Orleans.16
CoastNet events
The edge
Winter 2007
planning and to disasterreduction strategies as to day today coastal management issues,such as local planning and beachmanagement.Once disaster has struck, themanagement landscape, as well asthe real one, has changed.Disaster
necessarily focuseson human suffering. Disaster
provides the opportunityto ‘build back better’ as UNspecial envoy Bill Clintondeclared after visiting tsunami-hitareas in 2005. However,theIndian Ocean experience showsthat without a special effort, theopportunity to reduce future riskand to provide environmentalbenefit will always be lost toshort-termsocial and economicpriorities.
As you read this issue of
The edge 
,it will be two years since the IndianOcean tsunami wreaked havoc on Boxing Day 2004. The devastation ofcoastal communities throughout India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailandwas unprecedented in recent history, causing huge loss of life and bringingsocial, environmental and economic catastrophe for millions.
It is the value of strategicplanning, using robust processand good science, that isparamount if the mistakes of thepast are not to be repeated. Let ushope that the spate of large-scaledisasters that have occurred in thepast two years, and theirconsequent human suffering, willhelp us learn from our mistakesand do better in the future.
Alex Midlen,Strategic Director
Natural disasters are, by their verynature, unpredictable, and can hitus at any time. Such disasters havetwo facets. The
event,which is a part of the normalfunctioning of our planet – part of the cycle of life, and not of itself aproblem. In contrast, thereis theconcept of 
,apurelyhuman concept. Wechoose to liveand build in high risk areas,seemingly oblivious to nature’snatural pattern.This contrast between naturalprocess and society is at the coreof coastal management. And becauseof this, the processes that we applyin coastal management, thevarious tools of integration,partnership working, communityengagement, understanding thescience of coastal process, shouldbeapplied as much to emergency

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