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An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Beach Management in the Catalan Coast (North-Western Mediterranean)

AuthorsAriza, E. ; Jiménez-Quintana, José Antonio; Sardá, Rafael
Local management
Issue DateSep-2012
PublisherTaylor & Francis
CitationCoastal Management 40(4) : 442-459 (2012)
AbstractThis article presents a comprehensive analysis of beach management in the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean) by introducing and integrating results from different partial projects. They analyzed the legal, political, and administrative framework of beach management, the quality tools available, the practices of management, the processes of beach use, and beach waste/litter dynamics. The information obtained served to create a new beach management tool referred to as the Beach Quality Index, which was developed by an interdisciplinary team of academics from the natural/physical sciences and social sciences that worked together during the course of four years. Information obtained from users and key stakeholders served to create the index. The study demonstrated that as a consequence of the shortcomings in the legal and administrative system as well as inadequate practices of beach managers, beach management in the area experiences coordination problems, insufficient information and lack of proactive management, pollution, and in general problems associated with the satisfaction of short-term user demands.
Description18 páginas.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2012.692308
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