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Through the New Wave blog series, we’ve heard from many new voices in the CMSP community, sharing information about their marine planning efforts. The goal of the New Wave series is to share lessons learned from a new leaders in marine planning to generate conversation among coastal professionals.  Reading examples from across the United States, we’ve seen that coastal and marine planning is not only possible in the Northeast; it is happening right now from the U.S. Pacific to the U.S. Caribbean.

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Implementation is the process of converting a spatial plan from words on a page to an understanding, and a reality, for your partner agencies and stakeholders. While designing a new management plan, many resource managers don't consider the effort required for the written plan to become a living, working process. This week in "A New Wave" we hear from Grover Fugate, describing Rhode Island's process to align it's Ocean Special Area Management Plan with Federal jurisdictions.

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Alfonso Lombana is a Marine Scientist with The Nature Conservancy and is a lead on the data team with the Mid Atlantic Ocean Data Portal. For over 15-years, Al has designed and implemented conservation projects throughout the world’s threatened ecosystems and has achieved lasting solutions to threats such as urbanization, overharvesting, and climatic changes. His expertise in adaptive management, spatial conservation planning, and GIS Is helping institutions develop strategic plans that protect endangered species and habitats while maintaining sustainable resource use, for maximum benefit to people and nature. Here, Al answers questions about a data portal with mapping capabilities for the Mid-Atlantic States.

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By Jennifer Hennessey, Ocean Policy Lead, Washington State Department of Ecology

Washington’s Pacific Coast has superb coastal and marine resources that support a wide range of important uses. Having a marine spatial plan will enable Washington to safeguard its current marine assets and the uses that rely on them, while making it possible for future opportunities and ocean uses.

In 2010, Washington passed a state law containing guidance on the overall purpose and need, principles and specific requirements for a marine spatial plan. However, it is fairly broad and the planning team felt it was necessary to summarize the overarching purpose and goals of our plan as well as better define the scope and planning area.

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Don Côqayohômuwôk Chapman was responsible for developing the Department of Commerce Tribal Consultation Policy as the Senior Policy Advisor on Native American Affairs in the 1st Obama Administration. He also has been a participant and contractor supporting tribal engagement and participation in the National Ocean Council, National Ocean Plan, and NOP implementation processes. Don is a member of the Mohegan tribe of Connecticut.

Working as the Senior Policy Advisor on Native American Affairs for the Department of Commerce, I worked with a multitude of tribes as the national dialogue evolved about the National Ocean Policy (NOP) Regional Planning Bodies (RPB), and tribal participation. The NOP represented one of the first times that federally-recognized tribes would participate as co-leads alongside federal and state agencies in the comprehensive ocean resource planning process.

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By Kristine Cherry, GSAA Coordinator

In the realm of ocean, coastal, and natural resource management, complex and diverse authorities, responsibilities, and interests make increasingly clear the need for partnerships that bring together decision-makers and invested stakeholders outside of traditional formal or legal interactions. But how do you make partnerships work effectively? The solutions are as diverse as the people involved and places in which partnerships develop, so I am pleased to share with you the model that has been established by the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance.

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Establishing the geographic boundaries of your planning area sets more than simply the physical size of your planning process. Stakeholders, partner agencies, and issues to solve will each change as your planning area—the area you have management authority for—changes. It’s important to clarify your planning area boundaries at the outset of the process. Beyond the planning area, there may be areas outside your jurisdiction that may have an impact on your planning efforts. You will want to assess what’s happening outside your boundaries as well. In some cases, this expanded assessment occurs with other states, or other regions. In some planning areas, this will require international cooperation. Here, we read about the Caribbean Regional Ocean Partnership’s efforts with coastal and marine spatial planning, as a region working with international neighbors.

About the Author: Aurora M. Justiniano, PhD., is a conservation planner with The Nature Conservancy in Puerto Rico, where she helps coordinate the Caribbean Regional Ocean Partnership.

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A New Wave of Experts

When the National Ocean Council suggested Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning as a tool to achieve the National Ocean Policy, many were excited for a more integrated approach to coastal decision making. This decision was based on hundreds of published reports and articles stating the benefits of coastal and marine planning and the need for its implementation in the United States. While these articles and reports certainly tell us why we should use more integrated planning, very few tell us how this actually works, and what the process actually is.

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