Posted by: Bob Payne | April 28, 2011

Marine Planning in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities

Canada is in the process of implementing a new system for integrated marine planning to manage its oceans. This theme issue of Environments evaluates the Canadian marine planning initiative in the context of recent international developments. Drawing attention to the importance of the marine environment and threats to its well being, this introductory paper discusses challenges and prospects for marine planning in Canada and provides an overview of the papers in this volume. The papers describe recent international developments, identify principles for marine planning, evaluate the current marine planning system in Canada and outline methodologies for analyzing stakeholders and integrating economic and environmental values.


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