Coastal Zone Management in Atlantic Canada: Developing the Necessary Regional Infrastructure

by Michael J. A. Butler, Council of Maritime Premiers, Halifax, Canada,
Claudette LeBlanc, Council of Maritime Premiers, Halifax, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Canada

Abstract: This paper focuses on the incremental development of a coastal zone management (CZM) constituency in the Atlantic Region and in particular on the recent establishment of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Management Steering Committee (ACZISC). This Committee, with senior representation from all four Atlantic Provinces, six federal departments and one regional agency, was established to provide a focus and forum for the implementation of a coastal zone information management infrastructure, a prerequisite for CZM. The ACZISC represents a unique interdepartmental and intergovernmental initiative which is addressing the requirement for a regional coastal zone information infrastructure. This goal must be achieved in the context of a Canadian constitution which historically has allowed multiple jurisdictions to have responsibilities, often overlapping and conflicting, for activities within the coastal zone.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Infrastructure | Information management | Erosion | Fish management | Coastal environment | Federal government | North America | Canada

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