By Jeff Ardron, jeff.ardron [at] marine-conservation.org
What is it about maritime planning and its fickle love affairs with acronyms? Two years ago, I was in a forum about communicating science and was informed that ecosystem-based management (EBM) was no longer a good thing to say because it sounds too “sciencey” which makes stakeholders and decision-makers nervous. Clearly this was bad news for all of us who had previously been promoting the concept.
Instead, we were supposed to talk about concrete things, like marine spatial planning (MSP). But a short year later, in the United States, MSP too had become taboo, because it implied zoning, which — you guessed It — makes stakeholders and decision-makers nervous. As you may recall, zoning wasn’t always bad. About ten years ago or so, we were singing praises to integrated coastal zone management (ICZM)!