A practical guide for coastal resource managers to reduce damage from catchment areas based on best practice case studies. By Clive Wilkinson and Jon Brodie was released at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria BC Canada on 16 May.
The book aims to assist coastal resource managers deal with the problems arriving at the coast from rivers and streams. To date there has been no guide book for managers. The stimulus was that many coral reef managers reported on problems of sediment, nutrient, pesticide and litter pollution damaging their reefs and they did not know where to start.
One of the most interesting case studies is that of Case Study 5 which discusses GIS applications for catchment management for the MesoAmerican reef systems to address and management land based pollution. This reef structure extends across multiple countries. Through EUCC QualityCoast programme, it is being considered a pilot sustainable tourism destination either for one or multiple locations in this reef system, which is one of the most preserved.