Report of the Regional Training Workshop on Integrated Coastal Area Management
This Workshop is an important first step in bringing rational management to coastal areas in the GCLME region, and would introduce participants to the fundamental elements of this concept while insisting on the imperative of having Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) plans in place in each participating country. A preliminary step in this regard is the compilation of National Coastal Profiles, which form the logical basis for the formulation of the plan. Whereas the six pilot phase countries already have their Coastal Profiles, with ICAM draft plans in various stages of evolution, the ten “new” countries would leave from the Workshop with the necessary skills (and hopefully, zeal) to compile their National Coastal Profiles and advance to the formulation of their plans. For the “old” countries, this Workshop is intended to rekindle their appetites for ICAM and fuel the march towards the completion and adoption of their Integrated Coastal Area Management plans. Kribi was chosen as the location for this Workshop, not only because it mirrors both the attractions and the contradictions of the use of coastal areas, but also because Kribi will be the site for the Demonstration Project on ICAM. This Workshop would serve to bring the necessary awareness to both decision makers and citizenry alike.
10 Apr 2014