Whittemore, R. C.. Tufts University, rwhittem@tufts.edu
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The Gulf of Maine Program was created in 1989 by a pact of State governers and Canadian Provincial Premieres who had a sense that the Gulf ecosystem was potentially at risk from anthropogenic activities. The Plan further arose from the the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and the Global plan of Action (GPA) developed under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental program in 1996 as a pilot project. Over 100 nations are signatory to an agreement that acknowledges that 80 % of all marine pollution comes from human activities on land. In the ten year history of the pact, agreement has been reached on a philosophy that argues that wide-area solutions such as those crafted formed in the Chesapeake or the Great Lakes were too grandiose and contrary to the Region's 'special connectiveness.' In this paper, this pilot project will be explored from the perspective of governmental, industry, and academia partnerships. Several workshops have been held in which attendees shared perceptions of the technical problems facing the Region and barriers to cost-effective regional solutions. A growing body of literature has emerged from the partnerships that highlight the problems and likely paths to resolution. Specific pollutants and habitat disruptions have been identified in the workshops and a process outlined in a November, 1998 workshop that will: (1.) assess the programs and initiatives currently in place; (2.) determine gaps between what stakeholders want to see and what is actually beibg done; (3.) identify short and long-term actions to reduce pollutants and protect and manage habitat; (4.) build and reinforce partnerships in the region to better address priorities; (5.) identify funding sources; and (6.) launch projects and frorm implementation teams.
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 09:45 - 10:00am
Location: Sweeney Center
Code: SS08WE0945S