Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
General Maritime Administration & Environment Protection
The dissertation is a study of coastal resources policy and management strategy for the development of the Sihanoukville Coastal Region which can be followed and implemented. It consists of five chapters. A brief look is taken at Cambodia’s existing biophysical coastal environment, the significant coastal and socio-economic features, as well as coastal economic activities of the Sihanoukville region. Development and growth in the Sihanoukville coastal planning region in the areas of tourism and recreation, sea-port expansion, residential, airport expansion, construction and industrialisation, fishing, agriculture are investigated. The integral environmental considerations concerning the coastal issues and the potential impacts on a wide diversity of marine life from a newly planned coastal developments are discussed. In addition, the conflicts between those activities are identified and analysed. Further, current policies, legislation, and institutions involved in the development activities are addressed, as are the issues of particular concern to these institutions. Finally, proposals are made for coastal resources policy and strategy to achieve sustainable development and management of coastal resources. A proposed mechanism and structure responsible for an Integrated Management of Coastal and Marine Environment is included as is the Sihanoukville master plan in order to ensure that the embedded threats to the environment from development of this coastal region can be effectively managed.