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Andrew A. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Conservation International
University of New Hampshire
What We Found
• Oceans and coasts are major contributors to the
U.S. economy
• Ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems
are in trouble
• The existing management structure is
incompatible with the complexity of ecosystems
Existing Uses
Changing Uses
Governance Constraints to Implementing EBM
Resolving mismatches in U.S. ocean governance Science 313: 617-618
Coastal Marine Spatial Planning
is a comprehensive, adaptive, integrated, ecosystem-based,
and transparent spatial planning process, based on sound
science, for analyzing current and anticipated uses of ocean,
coastal, and Great Lakes areas. CMSP identifies areas most
suitable for various types or classes of activities in order to
reduce conflicts among uses, reduce environmental impacts,
facilitate compatible uses, and preserve critical ecosystem
services to meet economic, environmental, security, and
social objectives. In practical terms, CMSP provides a public
policy process for society to better determine how the ocean,
coasts, and Great Lakes are sustainably used and protected
now and for future generations.
Key Features
 Re-engineering Federal agency processes to be forward
looking rather than reactive
Providing a framework for state-federal collaborative
planning for coastal waters
Opportunities for a broader range of stakeholders to
engage in planning
Streamlining and greater predictability of planning
and permitting
Ability to address cumulative impacts

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