Rehabilitation of metropolitan beaches by local administrations in Catalonia: New trends in sustainable coastal management

Françoise Breton, Pau Esteban, Eulàlia Miralles

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Abstract

The planning and management of coastal sites in Catalonia has been mainly concerned with rendering beaches functional for mass frequentation. This has caused serious problems for the beaches, including the alteration of dune formation processes and the destruction of beach vegetation and habitats. Municipal capacity to plan and manage beaches is theoretically very limited and relegated to the design of plans related to the maintenance of facilities for beach users. Nonetheless, a singular experience, led by a local council in the metropolitan area of Barcelona demonstrates the crucial role that a local administration can play in achieving a balance between habitat preservation and social use based on sustainable coastal management objectives, in spite of a restrictive legislation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-106
JournalJournal of Coastal Conservation
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2000

Keywords

  • Beach management
  • Coastal resource
  • Habitat
  • Llobregat delta
  • Sand dune

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