State of the Coasts Reporting System

The State of the Coasts (SOC) reporting system is a tool for local governments to assess the progress and benefits of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) implementation. The SOC 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.

Currently, SOC reports are available for Batangas and Guimaras in the Philippines and Masan Bay in RO Korea.

Benefits to Local Governments

  1. Provides an integrated and comprehensive evaluation process for ICM implementation that servers as basis for reviewing and improving the management program.
  2. Documents policy, environmental, social and economic conditions in the area to support policy and decision-making.
  3. Facilitates systematic monitoring of local, national and international sustainable development targets.
  4. Standardizes monitoring process allowing comparison across ICM sites.

Steps for Developing an SOC Report

SOC Indicators

The SOC reporting system includes a set of 35 core indicators across a range of issues that must be managed as part of an integrated coastal management program. The table below lists the 35 indicators, with description, rationale and data requirements available by clicking on the indicator.

For each indicator, a quick view of how sites across the region are performing is available in the map below the table by clicking on “View in Map” for each indicator. Click on a location in the map for more information about the SOC report for that site.

Curious how your site is performing in terms of coastal management? Take a rapid assessment to gain quick feedback on the state of your coasts.

In the map below, sites indicated in blue have SOC reports available and sites indicated in black are developing their reports.