Community Planning

Women fisherfolk meet in Senegal. (credit: CRC/USAID COMFISH)
Women fisherfolk meet in Senegal. (credit: CRC/USAID COMFISH)

CRC focuses on specific places and the people who live there. Applying community planning tools, we work together with local citizens from all walks of life to improve their social, economic and physical environment and to create a healthier, more vibrant and more resilient place for them to live.

Coastal community planning requires establishing effective policies at all levels that address issues of concern, are acceptable to the groups affected and produce results. CRC might help a coastal community to develop a shoreline management plan that identifies areas vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise and storms and ensure that future development in these areas will make the coastal communities more resilient to such impacts.

Regulatory policies and procedures are important tools for managing coastal resources, and examples of these include permit programs, land and coastal zone management, resource allocation schemes, sand and gravel mining regulations and controlling the cutting of mangrove trees. But equally important to guiding the wise use of coastal resources are nonregulatory methods, as these build constituencies for voluntary compliance and adoption of good practices and the monitoring of change by volunteer citizen groups. Special Area Management Plans (SAMP), a hallmark CRC tool, use a combination of both approaches to manage multiple issues in one locale.


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  • Population, Health, Environment and Livelihoods Coastal Resources Center 6 January 2011

    The Summer 2011 isse of the BALANCED Newsletter examines the link between PHE approaches and livelihoods. In recognition of the need and/or the "fit" for PHE projects to address a wider array of real life topics this issue of the BALANCED newsletter includes four articles that focus on the topic of PHE and livelihoods. The articles describe how livelihoods have been integrated into environmental conservation in Zambia, Ethiopia, and Madagascar.

  • How Population, Health and Environment Approaches Contribute to Progress on the Millennium Development Goals Coastal Resources Center 4 January 2012

    The April 2012 BALANCED newsletter highlights how PHE approaches contribute to the progess towards three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on Gender Equality, Chilld and Maternal Health, and Environmental Sustainability. The introductory article calls on the international development community to: promote the value of integrated PHE approaches in international policy dialogues; increase support for universal access to family planning and reproductive health services; and foster creative international financing policies to better link health, development and conservation.

  • Resilience Planning Workshop for Pra Estuary. Friends of the Nation 31 March 2016

    Report on Pra estuary resilience planning.

  • Report on Sanitation Assessment to Explore Opportunities and Viability of Trashy Bag Business at Ankobra Estuaries Swanzy, S. 31 October 2015

    Assessment report on plastic waste in coastal Ghana.

  • Analysis of Spatial Planning Options: Ankobra Donkor, P., Agyemang, F. 29 October 2015

    Detailed examination of land uses along the Ankobra estuarine system and their implications for the current and future ecosystem health.