Hydrobiologia

, Volume 285, Issue 1–3, pp 139–150 | Cite as

Marine environmental issues of Southeast Asia: state and development

  • L. M. Chou

Abstract

The seas of Southeast Asia play an important role in the economy of the surrounding countries. The region's constantly expanding coastal population and development has made great demands on marine resources, with growing evidence seen in the further degradation of the marine environment and continued exploitation of living as well as non-living resources. Integrated coastal area management has never been considered in the past while environmental protection measures and policies have largely been at local or national levels. Implementation of regional study programmes less than 10 years ago and ratification of international as well as regional agreements aimed at protecting the marine environment in recent times indicate a more enlightened approach to the problem.

Key words

marine environment management resources development protection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. M. Chou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeRepublic of Singapore

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