The Coastal States Stewardship Foundation was formed in 2004 to address the urgent issues raised by the Pew Oceans Commission and the US Commission on Ocean Policy. The Foundation works in partnership with public, private and academic interests to support healthy coastal ecosystems and prosperous coastal communities for the benefit of current and future generations.
Promote Innovation and Science-based Decision-making
The Foundation encourages coastal managers to explore and apply the most innovative management techniques and use science-based decision-making in their work to address the nation’s pressing coastal economic, social, cultural and environmental issues. Specifically, the Foundation works to:
Increase meaningful interaction among coastal decision-makers, academia and researchers
Increase the relevance of coastal monitoring and integrated coastal and ocean observations to near-shore and estuarine planning, policy and permitting decisions
Provide training and technical materials to help coastal decision-makers more effectively address estuarine, coastal and marine management needs.
Promote Improved Stewardship of Coastal and Ocean Resources
The Foundation promotes improved stewardship of ocean and coastal resources and educates the public about the benefits and value of healthy and productive coastal ecosystems. Specifically, the Foundation seeks to:
Foster greater public commitment to care for the nation’s coastal and ocean environment
Increase opportunities for coastal residents and visitors to engage in coastal stewardship activities
Foster increased stewardship by businesses and industries that rely on healthy and productive coastal ecosystems.
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