Regional workshop

Coastal area planning and management in Asian tsunami-affected countries. Bangkok, Thailand, 27-29 September 2006.

The impacts of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on coastal areas in Asia drew attention to issues spanning the agriculture, forestry and fisheries/aquaculture sectors and influencing the livelihoods of coastal dwellers. Coastal area planning and management and related land tenure and land use issues underpin all three sectors and play a vital role in sustainable livelihoods development.

The intense rehabilitation activities following the tsunami brought attention to the intersectoral nature of coastal livelihoods and to the challenges that are often faced when working along existing sectoral lines. This experience has suggested that integration of activities and processes may better support efforts to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes at both local and national levels.

In response, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry groups of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific organized a workshop to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on “Coastal area planning and management in Asian tsunami-affected countries”. The workshop was funded by the Government of Finland, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The workshop brought together coastal zone experts and government representatives from the region as well as representatives of NGOs and other organisations working in Asian tsunami affected countries.