State of the Coasts Reporting System

The State of the Coasts (SOC) reporting system is a tool to assist local governments in assessing the progress and benefits of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) implementation. The SOC also allows local governments to document and measure the effectiveness and impacts of policy and management interventions in support of sustainable coastal development, and evaluate progress towards local, national and international targets for sustainable development.

Benefits to Local Government

  1. The SOC provides an integrated and comprehensive evaluation process for ICM implementation that servers as basis for reviewing and improving the management program.
  2. It documents policy, environmental, social and economic conditions in the area to support policy and decision-making.
  3. It facilitates systematic monitoring of local, national and international sustainable development targets.
  4. It is a standardized monitoring process allowing comparison across ICM sites.

Steps for the Development of SOC Reports