Development of a National Ocean Policy in Mexico

Authored by: Porfirio Alvarez-Torres , Antonio Díaz-de-León-Corral , Gustavo Pérez-Chirinos , Juan Carlos Aguilar , Roberto Rosado , Fausto Efrén Burgoa , Sofía Cortina , Mariela Ibáñez , Gaëlle Brachet , Norma Patricia Muñoz Sevilla , Evelia Rivera-Arriaga , Isaac Andres Azuz Adeath

Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138788299
eBook ISBN: 9781315765648
Adobe ISBN: 9781317658061


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This contribution presents recent developments in ocean and coastal policy in Mexico. The Mexican case study needs to be conceived of in the context of the great diversity of coastal and marine ecosystems, as well as the various productive coastal capabilities, numerous social structures, dissimilar levels of development, different types of use and user, unrelated economic interests, and wide variety of views and/or sectoral policies. Preparing a specific ocean and coastal policy is an urgent need that has to be fulfilled taking into account the multi-sectoral nature of these zones, their economic importance, and the increasing number of people living along the coast. This contribution briefly describes the steps taken to develop this policy and identifies the challenges, limitations, strengths, and opportunities for its implementation. In conclusion, the authors propose several recommendations for the successful execution of such a policy.

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