A Review of Ocean Management and Integrated Resource Management Programs from Around the World
This draft report is one of several prepared under contract to the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership (MOP) to support the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) in its development of the integrated coastal ocean management plan mandated by the Massachusetts Oceans Act of 2008. The purpose of this report was to inventory and review ocean management and integrated resource management programs from around the world, including the United States, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere, and ultimately to inform the development of a framework for integrated ocean planning and management suitable for Massachusetts. Drawing from these reviews, this report identifies applicable approaches to ocean management planning and examines their relevance to Massachusetts.
The information gathered from the program reviews (displayed in tables) primarily focuses on the following factors: planning authority, stakeholder participation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and adaptation, financing, and research. Information from these reviews was used to develop the related report, “Planning Framework Options for The Massachusetts Ocean Plan,” which provides a more in‐depth look at the applicability of certain planning framework options for Massachusetts. This report was prepared for Massachusetts ocean planning purposes but contains information that may be useful to coastal ocean resource managers in other locations.