Webinar: Applying Lessons from Public Lands Management to the Ocean


One of the most recent trends to emerge in ocean management has been the introduction of marine spatial planning in order to reconcile multiple human objectives, including economic growth and ecosystem protection, within the exclusive economic zone. A very similar balancing act has been practiced for decades on U.S. public lands with varying degrees of success. A recently released book, From the Forest to the Sea: Public Lands Management and Marine Spatial Planning by Dr. Morgan Gopnik, shows that the complex and frequently contentious story of the U.S. National Forests can be instructive to ocean managers. Her analysis shows how land management approaches evolved over time and reveals the ambiguities and contradictions inherent in multiple-use management of any public space.

This webinar will discuss how members of the ocean conservation community might achieve their goals more effectively by learning from the experiences of their land-based counterparts.

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Interested in reading the book? One lucky webinar attendee will win a free copy of From the Forest to the Sea: Public Lands Management and Marine Spatial Planning.

Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org.