Protecting The Coastal Areas

Protecting The Coastal Areas

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Coastal zones occupy less than 15% of the Earth's land area, while they host more than 45% of the world population. Nearly 1.4 billion people live within 100 km of a shoreline and 100 m of sea level, with an average density 3 times higher than the global average for population.[2] With three-quarters of the world population expected to reside in the coastal zone by 2025, human activities originating from this small land area will impose heavy pressure on coasts. Coastal zones contain rich resources to produce goods and services and are home to most commercial and industrial activities.

Coastal management is defence against flooding and erosion, and techniques that stop erosion to claim lands.[1] Protection against rising sea levels in the 21st century is crucial, as sea level rise accelerates due to climate change. Changes in sea level damage beaches and coastal systems are expected to rise at an increasing rate, causing coastal sediments to be disturbed by tidal energy.

This goal measures the condition and extent of five ecological habitats that protect the coasts against storm waves and flooding.  Habitats assessed are mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, salt marshes, tropical coral reefs, and sea ice.

Storm protection by coastal habitats saves lives, property and is worth billions of dollars each year.

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