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Title: Structured ecosystem-scale approach to marine water quality management
Authors: Taljaard, S
Monteiro, PMS
Botes, WAM
Keywords: Marine water quality
Ecosystem scales
Integrated management
Issue Date: Oct-2006
Publisher: Water Research Commission
Citation: Taljaard, S, Monteiro, PS and Botes, WAM. 2006. Structured ecosystem-scale approach to marine water quality management. Water SA, vol. 32(4), pp 535-542
Abstract: Activities and developments in the coastal zone, and in adjacent catchments, pose an increasing threat to the sustainability of the natural and socio-economic goods and services supplied by marine ecosystems. Governing authorities have had to develop new policies to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable development practices, either through legislation and/or incentive mechanisms. These, in turn, created the need for holistic and integrated frameworks within which to design and implement environmental management programmes. A structured ecosystem-scale approach for the design and implementation of marine water quality management programmes developed by the CSIR (South Africa) in response to recent advances in policies and legislation pertaining to sustainable utilisation of Southern Africa’s marine environment is discussed. The framework provides an integrated scientific base within which to set, for example, wastewater emission targets, taking into account ecosystem process complexity. It also aims to support and stimulate local stakeholder empowerment and involvement.
Description: Copyright: 2006 Water Research Commission
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/541
ISSN: 0378-4738
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Environmental management
Coastal and marine systems
General science, engineering & technology

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