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Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters

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Publication Date: December 2009

Publisher(s): Environmental Law Institute

Author(s): Kathryn Mengerink; Jay Austin; Jordan Diamond; Adam Schempp

Topic: Environment (Ocean and ocean resources)
Law and ethics (Environmental law)

Keywords: ecosystem-based management; Marine spatial planning; ocean coastal law

Coverage: United States


Marine spatial planning (MSP) has gained increasing international attention as a tool for implementing ecosystem-based management, reducing user conflicts, and ensuring the sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources. While the President' s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force developed recommendations for a federal MSP framework, the Environmental Law Institute and Ocean Conservancy issued a review of federal ocean and coastal laws, identifying the obstacles and opportunities they present for federal MSP.


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