Coastal Management: The Guidance after Tsunami in the South, Thailand

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Pornpat Ativitavas


The Tsunami disaster in December 2004 has contributed to a big attempt in environmental rehabilitation in Andaman coastal provinces, Krabi, Phuket, Ranong Pangnga and Satul. This movement involves the revise of the current land use plan especially in the damaged areas along the coastal line. One cause of the numerous property damages is the lack of knowledge in managing natural resources on coastal sites that brought to improper land use, beach intrusion and improper building structures. An example of improper land use plan is the urban infrastructures devastated in Phuket, which affects human sanitary and water scarcity after the disaster happened.

Coastal management is a tool to control natural resource consumption through land use planning, regulation and management, building construction guidelines, etc. The tool needs integration in various fields of studies and collaboration among different levels of governments. This article proposes guidelines from several case studies related to coastal management in a coastal disaster zone. To prepare plans for the future, this article focuses on strategies in terms of physical planning and management in a sustainable way.


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