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Following are some of the key discussion points from the webinar:
1) “Coastal squeeze” is a disease that has caused serious trouble along most coasts around our world. Massive urbanisation and occupation of the land-water transition has caused an enormous stress on the land-water ecosystems. These ecosystems have been deprived of their capacity to absorb the impact of extreme events and their resilience. This does refer to many of our natural land-water transitions, beach and dune systems, salt marsh systems, mangrove systems etc. Besides squeeze we have depleted our sediment sources in rivers, causing sediment source reductions that are unprecedented.
2) Land subsidence has arisen as a key issue as a direct result of the coastal squueze
3) There is an urgent need for international development policies and goals (such as the SDGs) to recognise the unique and critical nature of delta issues, and focus on them separately (not just as part of water management goals in general)
4) Deltas are unique in that they provide ideal conditions for a variety of land use options: such as urbanisation, industry, and agriculture. It is critical that governments and policymakers recognise this, and prepare long term land-use and development planning for deltaic regions.