The increasing world requirements for
food, minerals, energy and space cannot be sustained indefinitely
by using the earth land surface alone. Therefore there is a need
to comprehend the ocean environment as well as the interface with
the land, this is the coastal zone land. This crucial interface
is frequently the most intensively used of all ocean areas.
The coastal zone is intensively being used for activities as diverse
as fish farming and marine recreation.
Residents and businesses alike are attracted to the amenities.
This concentration of interest inevitably leads to a conflict of
pressures from the most intense commercial development to the strongly
organised conservation interest.
Coastal estate management is a specialised form of urban and rural
estate management concerned with both the land and marine areas
in both administrative and legal conditions. Diane fulfils the need
to understand the sciences and technologies relevant to the coastal
zone and to have a working knowledge of relevant international and
national laws. Her training, knowledge and experience is essential
to the working out of a solution all parties can accept.
Diane’s specialist capability in project management and communication
helps you to meet your objectives by drawing on a career that integrates
land economics and business strategies with environmental and sustainable
This portfolio is concerned with identifying, initiating and progressing
projects that assist communities towards sustainable development
of coastal areas. Specific projects where the management of land
resource changes and where core technical expertise has been provided
The natural environment
- Urbanisation - Coastal megacity, and issues surrounding informal
settlements, and commercial (port), land use.
- Land economics - Evaluation of Resources of land and property
assets, Waterfront development, Cadastre, appraisal, regeneration.
- Diversification and rationalisation Pressures - impacts on
urban and rural communities located in areas affected by geographic
location i.e. along the coasts, rivers and inland areas where
industrial and employment diversification is occurring.
- Coastal and Marine resource management – participation
in Professional Institution panel group and research in sea
level change effects and managed retreat implications on real
- Geography of the sea – Awareness of land and sea use
planning and resolution of legal problems where land law and
sea law meet including both legal and administrative boundaries.
People and the Environment
- Policy development - monitoring and evaluating central, regional
and local government environmental policy in Integrated Coastal
Zone Management (ICZM).
- Research capability - active interest in community development
issues relating to ICZM, which combined with Cadastre experience,
providing a base to add significant value in land, real estate
and community development of the land/ marine environmental
- Combined transport systems- Team member in logistics, Ports
and shipping, Transport Projects.
- Industrial land regeneration - Assessing the feasibility
of coastal and river front industrialised areas to best uses.
- Recreation and amenity potential – Assessment of hotel/
tourism, outdoor recreation/ sports and conservation lands.
- Seaside resort issues- Strategic input into Land use allocation
and master planning, and conference presentations.
Technology in the Environment
- Environmental Consultancy - Secondment to assist the oil and
gas, ports and aggregates sectors in coastal and marine areas.
- Sustainable cycles- environmental problems addressed by bringing
together experts in the following disciplines: Architects, Minerals
planning, Port economists, Contractors, Wind farms, Coastal defense.