Policy, planning and management at the land-water interface

Historically, land and water management within many coastal deltas has focused on the exclusion of saline water flows that move upstream from the coast. However, this approach fails to recognize the diversity of rural livelihoods and ecosystems in coastal deltaic areas, the environmental consequences of altering natural saline water flows and the emergence of new activities such as shrimp farming that require brackish water. Focusing on the developing countries of Asia, Africa and South America, chapters explore the diverse livelihoods of people in these areas, the impact of land-water management on environments, new techniques and methodologies and lessons learned in land and water management to solve the conflicts between agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.


Szuster, B., Hoanh, C.T., Kam, S.P., Ismail, A.M., Noble, A., Borger, M. (2010)
p. 1-12. In: Chu, T.H. et al. (ed.) Tropical deltas and coastal zones: food Production, communities and environment at the land–water Interface. Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series 9. Cabi International. [open access]