Present Threats and Future Prospects

  • J. Patrick Doody
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 4)


This chapter looks at what we have learnt about sand dune management, conservation and restoration. It seeks to summarise the trends in human activity, setting their conservation requirements in a wider historical context. In particular, it looks at the way human use has constrained and changed the processes necessary for sand dune development, along the active coastal margin, and inland. It considers whether this and the extent of habitat loss have contributed to a protectionist philosophy, and a preoccupation with sand stabilisation. Have the timescales for assessing change and management need been too short? Learning from the past and looking to the future, it proposes a more dynamic approach for sustainable management and restoration for sand dune conservation.


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  • J. Patrick Doody
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  1. 1.National Coastal ConsultantsBrampton, HuntingdonUK

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