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Circles of Coastal Sustainability: A Framework for Coastal Management

CIMA, Gambelas Campus, University of Algarve, Faro 8005-139, Portugal
Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Cádiz, Polígono Río San Pedro, s/n, 11510 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, P43-C573 Cork, Ireland
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, Brunel University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 4886;
Received: 10 May 2020 / Revised: 2 June 2020 / Accepted: 3 June 2020 / Published: 15 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
The coastal zone is a space where many social, economic, and political activities intersect with natural processes. In this paper, we present an adaptation of the method of ‘Circles of Sustainability’, used to provide a visual assessment of indicators that define sustainability profiles for cities. It is used as a basis for a ‘Circles of Coastal Sustainability’ (CCS) framework that can be used at multiple spatial scales to assess indicators of critical processes that facilitate/constrain sustainability of the world’s coastal zones. The development of such a framework can support management by identifying key features that influence environmental sustainability and human well-being. CCS presents a holistic assessment of four interdependent boundary domains: Environment and Ecology, Social and Cultural, Economics, and Governance and Policy. This approach improves its utility and usability for decision-makers and researchers. CCS adds to existing assessment frameworks that are often focused on particular themes and/or domains that confine their utility to the context of sustainable development and the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which demand an inherently holistic and integrated evaluation. CCS is a holistic framework designed to assess the boundaries to sustainability for socio-ecological systems at multiple scales for the world’s coasts. View Full-Text
Keywords: coastal management; social–ecological systems; sustainability; well-being coastal management; social–ecological systems; sustainability; well-being
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P. de Alencar, N.M.; Le Tissier, M.; Paterson, S.K.; Newton, A. Circles of Coastal Sustainability: A Framework for Coastal Management. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4886.

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P. de Alencar NM, Le Tissier M, Paterson SK, Newton A. Circles of Coastal Sustainability: A Framework for Coastal Management. Sustainability. 2020; 12(12):4886.

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P. de Alencar, Natália M., Martin Le Tissier, Shona K. Paterson, and Alice Newton. 2020. "Circles of Coastal Sustainability: A Framework for Coastal Management" Sustainability 12, no. 12: 4886.

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