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Jul 13, 2012

Coastal Zone and Natural Capital Project work together

The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute is working in partnership with the Natural Capital Project, an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund to discuss the important linkages between science and policy that will guide the decisions to be made by the Coastal Zone. A seminar was held with the representatives of the project and CZMAI officials and News Five caught up with them today.

 

Amy Rosenthal, Science Policy Specialist, W.W.F.

Amy Rosenthal

“In order to have strong policy that allows us to know that we are based in a strong science foundation, but also that we incorporate the needs and desires of the stakeholders around the country. We are talking about the integrated Coastal Zone management plan which is a really important new policy that is being developed right here in Belize for the benefit of the entire nation. We are looking at an objective of sustainable development in order to ensure that the benefits that come from nature will be available to Belizeans today and into the future.   And we are doing that by a variety of methods. We are consulting with the public through Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute and at the Natural Capital Project, we are working with our team and with Coastal Zone in order to run cutting edge models that look at ecosystem services or the benefits that come from nature and to understand where they come from and how they might change depending on the decisions that we make.”

 

Kirsten Howard

Kirsten Howard, Science Policy Intern, W.W.F.

“In supplementing Amy’s portion of the presentation by talking a little bit about what the U.S. is doing related to its coastal and marine spatial planning efforts that have been developing over the last two years since the national ocean policy in the U.S. was established by President Obama. And we wanted to talk a little bit about the progress that they have made and speak about some of the successes in turns they are having with the U.S. National Ocean Policy and relate it to the work that is being done in Belize on the Coastal Zone Management planning process. And we think that Belize presents a really good example and potentially a model where we can take some lessons learned from the Coastal Zone management planning process back to the U.S. and potentially to other countries who are looking to do coastal and marine spatial planning so that they can learn a little bit more from the case in Belize—things like stakeholder engagement efforts that have been going on here that have been really extensive, some of the cutting edge science that’s being done through the Natural Capital Project and the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute’s efforts to gather really the best available data that’s out there.”

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