Building a Regional Consensus for Ecosystem Management: The Gulf of Maine Experience

by Peter Underwood, Nova Scotia Dep of Environment, Halifax, Canada,
Melissa Waterman, Nova Scotia Dep of Environment, Halifax, Canada,
David Keeley, Nova Scotia Dep of Environment, Halifax, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


This paper will review the genesis of the Gulf of Maine Program, a regional marine protection initiative undertaken by the states and provinces bordering this international water body. Three years of effort by the five bordering jurisdictions have resulted in a variety of institutional and educational products, some of which will be detailed in the paper. The creation of a Gulf Action Plan, which articulates the regional goals and objectives for the Gulf and its resources, and the development of a Marine Environmental Quality Monitoring Program will be reviewed. Finally, the Gulf of Maine Program's consensus-based approach to addressing shared issues of environmental concern will be examined to discern lessons that might be applicable to other shared marine regions of the world.

Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Coastal management | Gulfs | Environmental issues | Water pollution | Seas and oceans | Water quality | Water resources | Gulf of Maine

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