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Governing the land-sea interface to achieve sustainable coastal development

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Singh, GG, Cottrell, RS ORCID: 0000-0002-6499-7503, Eddy, TD and Cisneros-Montemayor, AM 2021 , 'Governing the land-sea interface to achieve sustainable coastal development' , Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 8 , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.709947.

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Abstract

Coastal regions are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)given their importance for human habitation, resource provisioning, employment, andcultural practice. They are also regions where different ecological, disciplinary, andjurisdictional boundaries both overlap and are obscured. We thus propose the landseainterface as areas where governance systems are most in need of frameworksfor systems analysis to meet the SDGswhich are inherently interconnected andintegrate complex interdependencies between human livelihoods, energy, transport,food production, and nutrient flows (among others). We propose a strategic landseagovernance framework built on the sustainable transitions literature to plan forgovernance to achieve sustainable development across the land-sea interface. Toillustrate our proposal, we compare governance planning processes across four casebasedscenarios: an industrialized coastal country, a least developed coastal country, adeveloping coastal country with local dependencies on ocean resources, and a smallisland developing state primarily dependent on tourism. Through the lens of aligninggovernance actors and actions vertically (subnational to national), horizontally (acrosssectors), and programmatically (from goals to implementation), we propose scales atwhich governance systems may be misaligned, such as where different agencies thataffect marine systems have conflicting visions and goals, leading to stalled progress orcounterproductive actions. Where possible, we also highlight strategies to align acrossscales of high level strategic policy, tactical scale institutional mandates and cooperation,and on the ground activities and operations, such as aligning actors based on ananalysis of interdependencies of goals.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Singh, GG and Cottrell, RS and Eddy, TD and Cisneros-Montemayor, AM
Keywords: sustainable development, land-sea links, terrestrial, marine, management, land-sea interface, transition management, sustainable development goals, governance, policy alignment, coastal systems
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 2296-7745
DOI / ID Number: 10.3389/fmars.2021.709947
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Copyright 2021 Singh, Cottrell, Eddy and Cisneros-Montemayor. This is an openaccess article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionLicense (CC BY). T

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