Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) recently released an informative article on a new integrative ecosystem-based approach to coastal and marine management that is getting traction throughout the country: spatial planning.

ASBPA: Planning for better coastal balance.

Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), which has been implemented to varying degrees in Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, and California, is a framework for transparent policy-making and resource management that involves stakeholders in a discussion that seeks to balance the benefits and impacts of all coastal and marine uses.

With offshore renewable energy development, sand and gravel extraction, fishing efforts, cables and pipelines, shipping channels, and myriad habitat areas all vying for overlapping parts of the coastal and marine zone, spatial planning promises to be a valuable tool for effective and protective decision-making.



Massachusetts Ocean Managment Plan - sand and gravel use

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