Coastal areas attract humans for a variety of reasons and are under immense pressure the world over. When these rich and diverse ecosystems are degraded they no longer possess the same capacity to provide goods and services to the people that so much depend on them. This can lead to decreased food security and an overall rise in poverty. Wise use of marine and coastal resources requires an integrated approach and the involvement of all parties – especially the resource users – in policy development, planning and management. EcoAfrica promotes an increased awareness about the value of these precious resources and their benefits if used sustainably, as well as the consequences of destructive activities.
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Developments in coastal areas globally are causing growing and conflicting demands on the natural resource base. Irreversible degradation of these resources can undermine their capacity to sustain human society.