a) To plan for the development of the Area and initiate project activities identified from such planning in the development and through the Government generally:

b) To develop an up-to-date long range development plan for the Area;

c) To initiate such studies, and carry out such surveys of the Area as may be considered necessary by the National Government or the Authority and to assess alternative demands within the Area on the natural resources thereof, and initiate, operate, or implement such projects as may be necessary to exploit those natural resources including agriculture (both irrigated and rain fed), forestry, wildlife and tourism industries, electric power generation, mining, and fishing, to recommend economic priorities;

d) To co-ordinate the various studies of schemes within the Area such that human, water, animal, land and other resources are utilized to the best advantage and to monitor the design and execution of planned projects within the Area;

e) To effect a programme of both monitoring and evaluating the performance of projects within the Area so as to improve such performance and establish responsibility thereof, and to improve future planning;

f) To co-ordinate the present abstraction and use of natural resources within the Area and to set up effective monitoring of abstraction and usage;

g) To cause and effect the construction of any works deemed necessary for the protection and utilization, of the water and soils of the Area including hydro-power development for multipurpose utilization of water resources;

h) To ensure that landowners in the Area undertake all the measures specified by the National Government to protect the water and soils of the Area:

i) To identify, collect, collate and correlate all such data related to the use of water and other resources and also economic and related activities within the Area as may be necessary for the efficient forward planning of the Area:

j) To maintain a liaison between the National Government, the County Government, the private sector and other interested agencies in the matter of the development of the Area with a view to limiting the duplication of effort and ensuring the best use of the available technical resources;

k) To examine the hydrological effects and the subsequent ecological changes on the development programmes and evaluate how they affect the economic activities of the persons dependent on river and ocean environment;

l) To implement development projects and programmes whose primary objective is to promote socio-economic development of the Coast Province in particular and Kenya in general;

m) To plan and liaise with the relevant authorities as necessary in the exploration and development of the extensive fishing and marine activities in Kenya especially in the exclusive economic zone.