Coastal Assessment Tool and Planning SoftwareTools
The Coastal Assessment Tool and Planning Software (COASTPLAN) is a computer program for marine spatial planning and fisheries management integrating socioeconomic and biophysical inputs. It provides estimates and scenario testing based on basic fisheries information at the municipal and regional levels.
COASTPLAN can also demonstrate the effects of protection efforts visually. It shows the effectiveness of reserves to the conservation of marine habitats and the effects of stresses on the marine community. It includes spatial mapping of various coastal habitat resources and anthropogenic stresses. This information helps stakeholders decide on the best sites to be protected.
Academic institutions with functional relationships with National Coral Triangle Initiative Coordinating Committees can use the software. Likewise, the local government units, local and international nongovernment organizations, and people’s organizations can readily use this tool. It is free, user-friendly, and requires only basic fisheries information to work.
COASTPLAN was designed to encourage users to protect ecologically important habitats. The
software can help stakeholders forge agreements on resource use, set up protected areas, and select potential areas for rehabilitation (such as mangroves).
COASTPLAN and the demonstration guide are available upon request from the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute. Contact Dr. Porfirio M. Aliño, Decision Support Specialist, at email@example.com.