|Where Land Meets the Sea
A Profile of the Coastal Zone of Bangladesh
edited by M. Rafiqul Islam
ISBN 984 05 1719 8 2004 335pp 245x178mm HB Tk.950.00 US$35.00
This profile of the coastal zone of Bangladesh brings together a comprehensive information package for use both by experts involved in development projects and the general reader. It is based on current primary data, sometimes difficult to access, collected from the National Water Resources Database and other relevant authorities and secondary data collected from different agencies related to coastal resources planning and management. Among the various issues discussed in the profile are those concerning the eco-system, coastal livelihoods and economic activities, and agricultural possibilities etc.
The picture thus emerging is one of increasing population, competition for limited resources, natural and man-made hazards, economic opportunities and ecological hot spots, calls for a distinctive coastal management arrangement. This mine of information is therefore at hand now for use by government agencies responsible for the development of the hazard prone coastal areas, for research organizations that desire a better understanding of the complicated coastal processes, for the private sector that has to comprehend the many opportunities in the coastal zone and for the development partners, who aim to make an effective contribution to the country’s development. It should eventually lead to an agreement on a set of indicators that would spell out as to which aspects and to what extent the coastal zone is integrated into mainstream national development.
The profile aims to contribute to institutionalize integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) as a process in Bangladesh.
The profile is an essential reference document for policy planners, coastal managers, government agencies and all stakeholders involved in the coastal zone of Bangladesh.
Program Development Office for Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (PDO-ICZMP) is a multi-sectoral initiative of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the Governments of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. An inter-ministerial steering committee and a technical committee guide this project. Ministry of Water Resources is the lead ministry and Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) is the lead agency.
The goal of the project is to create conditions in which the reduction of poverty, development of sustainable livelihood and the integration of the coastal zone into national development processes can take place. The following are the intended output of the project:
• Coastal development strategy
• Coastal zone policy
• Priority investment program
• Enhancing livelihood capacity
• Enabling institutional environment
• Integrated knowledge base.