Expected duration of session: One day
By the end of the session participants will:
- understand how ecosystem-based spatial planning and integrated management can support sustainable and resilient tropical coastal development and resource use;
- be familiar with common challenges or constraints faced by managers that hinder implementation of coastal and marine spatial planning initiatives, including which enabling conditions are considered critical to ensuring implementation;
- have overview of MSP tools and their application in different situations;
- have a common pool of practical planning and implementation experiences from the field;
- have formed professional relations and imitated a peer-network among tropical coastal spatial planners and managers.
Tropical marine and coastal ecosystems and the services they provide to growing coastal populations are currently declining due to increasing human activities. The trend is amplified by a range of direct and indirect drivers due to uncoordinated, often competing, sector policies and management. Trade-offs exists between the benefits of activities for human well-being and their cumulative impacts on marine and coastal ecosystems, their biodiversity and productivity. Integrated, ecosystem-based approaches to policy and management across sectors is therefore regarded essential for sustainable and resilient coastal development. Yet, effective ecosystem-based planning and management is often limited by lack of practical tools, guidance and lessons from the field. This session will bring together national and local coastal planners and managers to introduce and discuss practical spatial planning approaches; share practical experiences from applying spatial planning tools in different context; and help identify practical solutions and enabling conditions that can facilitate more integrated management planning and plan implementation.