The main aims of the conference were to examine present and expected trends in coastal and ocean resource use, to evaluate the state of the art and the expected evolution in theory and practice of management and to discuss scientific and technological developments and their impacts on management.

History of ocean management. Theory of ocean management. Ocean management in practice. Sea-level rise and its implication in coastal planning and management. Impact of ocean circulation on regional and global change. The impacts of sea level rise on coral reefs and reef islands. Ocean sciences and management. Remote sensing on ocean management. Information and data processing for ocean management. Integrated marine policies: goals and constraints. From coastal to ocean management: policies and planning issues. National ocean policy in the United States: less than the sum of its parts. The role of national jurisdictional zones in ocean management. Boundaries and ocean management. The community fisheries policy. A review of disputed maritime areas in Southeast Asia. Multiple use conflicts and their resolution towards a comparative research agenda. Comparative evaluation in managing conflicts: lessons from the North Sea experience. The protection of the marine environment: a key policy element. The protection and development of the marine environment: UNEP's oceans and coastal areas programme. Special areas and particularly sensitive areas. Ocean fisheries management: the FAO programme. Seaport management and navigation. Coastal management in China. Small island states and huge maritime zones: management tasks in the South Pacific. Urban waterfront management: historical patterns and prospects. Estuaries: challenges for coastal management. Complexity of coastal lagoons management: an overview. The management of enclosed and semi-enclosed seas. The Arctic Ocean. Management of the southern ocean resources and environment. Future challenges in ocean management: towards integrated national ocean policy. Index.