"The coast is a unique part of the environment. It is the meeting
place of the land and sea- a limited spatial area that supports diverse
ecosystems and many human activities. The coast is a distinctive system
in which a range of considerations- biophysical, economic, social and
institutional- interconnect, in a manner which requires a dedicated and
integrated management approach..."
The objective of the original 2009 Guide was to make the ICM Act accessible and applicable to coastal practitioners
and interested parties concerned with specific details and applications
of the Act. This Guide was a
“translation” of the ICM Act into everyday language while, at the same
time, presenting the contents in such a way as to assist the reader to
find and understand the appropriate information.
"Subsequently, various legislative and
administrative processes have taken their course,
resulting in further refinement of the ICM Act
and the guidance that it provides. Importantly,
the promulgation of the National Environmental
Management: Integrated Coastal Management
Amendment Act (Act No. 36 of 2014) in 2014
means that certain provisions of the ICM Act have
been revised, or even replaced or deleted, and
that certain new components were added."
This new guide interprets both the old and the new information.