Ugu Lwethu – Our Coast – first coastal resource for KZN

  • 18 August 2014 | Ann Kunz

One of the biggest constraints pertaining to coastal management in KwaZulu-Natal is access to information about the coast, its functioning and resources. In response to this need, the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) has developed a first-of-its-kind resource covering the KwaZulu-Natal coast in the form of a book called Ugu Lwethu – Our Coast.

The book was developed in association with the then KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA), now known as the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DETEA). It is aimed at authorities tasked with the day-to-day management of our coast, but will be of value to anyone interested in or active along the KZN coast.

It provides background information on the coastal environment and its value with the aim of informing and improving decision-making. It provides an overview of the natural coastal environment, key coastal ecosystems and species, coastal resources and their immense social and economic value, highlighting their diverse uses. The book also discusses the pressures and threats faced along the KZN coast and the management of the coast, highlighting legislative requirements and best practice.

Chapters of the book are available for electronic download here.

Alternatively you can request a CD or hard copy of the book by written request to ramini@ori.org.za, the collection of which is for your own account.

View an image gallery of the book launch here.

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