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Coastal Governance - CoastNet The Edge - Summer 2007

Coastal Governance - CoastNet The Edge - Summer 2007



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The magazine ofCoastNet
Head to head – debatingcoastal accessPirate fishing andgovernanceGovernance aroundthe world
Summer 2007
Coastal governance
The edge
Summer 2007
CoastNet – breathing newlife into coastal matters
Summer 2007Coastal goverance
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: Swan Print
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
Head to head:'Should there be a legal right ofaccess on foot to England and Wales’ coastalareas, to open up more of the coast for thepublic to enjoy?'
David Fursdon, President of the Country Landand Business Association and Kate Ashbrook,Chair of the Ramblers’ Association go head tohead on the issue.8
To catch a thief
There’s no issue more complicated than that ofpirate fishing to test governance to the full.Lesley Smeardon takes a look at the issuesand talks to Cliff Morrison about the role offish processors in the fight against illegal,unreported and unregulated fishing.11
Governance around the world
International readers give their views on themajor coastal governance issues in theircountry and how, if at all, they are beingtackled.12
South Africa
Hong Kong, China; Karnataka State, India;British Columbia, Canada
The edge
Summer 2007
badly, is entirely down toindividuals: the decision-maker,whether politician or civil servant,who decides a course of action;the technocrat making anassessment of a proposal; the user,abiding or not by the conditionsof a licence.To what extent do these peopleunderstand the system of whichthey are a part? Do they work insectoral confines, or do they havea broader perspective that allowsthem to take an integratedapproach? Do they make thatextra effort to talk to a colleagueor another organisation to fill inthat final piece of the informationjigsaw that will form the basis of their decision, or do they justmake do with what they have tohand at the time? Do theyencourage others to make thatextra effort, or just shrug theirshoulders and accept second best?
It is for these reasons that CoastNetis committed to networking. Webelieve that our work inconnecting people, our work inimproving the flow of information(through the web andpublications, and at events), ourwork in enabling people tounderstand the ‘big picture’, is asimportant to the realisation of good governance as are the legalmeasures that provide the basis of it. So, my message to you is to takea personal responsibility forintegration and to carry onnetworking to discover newfriends, colleagues andperspectives.
Alex Midlen,Strategic Director
I am not surprised that the issuesare so familiar – good coastalmanagement is universally difficult,whatever the status and capacity of the State. We hear of the lack of public involvement, of poorenforcement undermining goodlegislation. We hear of a lack of political interest hamperingprogress, and of the insidiouspressure of urbanisation andindustrialisation on coastal systems.This highlights for me a long-heldbelief – that good coastalgovernance is as dependant uponindividuals as it is upon goodlegislation. I say this because Ithink that legislation can only goso far in resolving any issue. Itprovides a framework, it enablesthings to be done, it even requiresthings to be done.However, whether things are done,or whether they are done well or
Coastal governance
In this issue on governance, we hear of the issues, regulations andprocedures from around the world.

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