Geographic Information for Integrated Coastal Management in Tanzania

The Tanzania/Kenya spatial information project (ended September 2002) was funded by USAID as part of the U.S. government’s Global Information for Sustainable Development (GISD) initiative. The Tanzania/Kenya project processed Landsat data and applied GIS technologies for use in coastal management planning and decision making. The long-term goals of the project were to help:

1) Analyze rates of resource and land use change over the period 1990 to 2000; 2) Answer key management questions about — shoreline change — mangrove and coastal forest change — urban growth;

3) Build capacity for the use of science and spatial information in management;

4) Identify priority locations for coastal action planning and conservation;

5) Develop local-level coastal management action plans;

6) Plan monitoring strategies and assess effectiveness of resource management policies;

7) Delineate management boundaries and support appropriate development siting decisions.