Coastal Training Program

The Coastal Training Program (CTP) provides science-based information, tools and skills to regional and local decision-makers to assist them in better managing coastal resources throughout Massachusetts. The intent of the program is to bring science to bear on real-world coastal problems and help develop solutions. The CTP links with and supports other core program areas within the Waquoit Bay Reserve by serving as a conduit for research translation and a catalyst for better coastal stewardship throughout the region.

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The Coastal Training Program is a national initiative administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NOAA/NERRS). Its purpose is to provide training and technical assistance for coastal decision-makers that fosters sound science-based coastal management. The CTP model is implemented in most of the twenty-eight Research Reserves around the country. While the programs share common goals, each is distinct and has unique dimensions determined by regional and local concerns and the priority coastal issues of the biogeographical region.

In Massachusetts the CTP was launched in 2002 building upon a long history of successful coastal decision-maker workshops offered on a variety of topics by the Waquoit Bay Reserve, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), and the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program. In preparation for initiating the program, a market analysis of existing training providers and programs available in the state was conducted in order to determine gaps in training and ascertain where the CTP should focus its efforts. The market analysis also identified opportunities for collaboration with other training providers within the state. In addition, formal assessments were conducted to identify needs of various audiences. These foundational studies helped to inform the structure and priorities of the program.

Capitalizing on Coastal Blue Carbon: New Guidance & Tools for Coastal Managers & Policymakers

Capitalizing on Coastal Blue Carbon: New Guidance & Tools for Coastal Managers and Policymakers

Results of the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project and Related Research and Implications for Wetlands Conservation and Restoration in New England and Beyond

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Bringing Wetlands to Market is a four year project at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve that examined the relationship between salt marshes, climate BWM-LogoBWM_Topic Highlightschange, and nitrogen pollution. The Project used cutting edge science to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands and predict greenhouse gas fluxes across a range of environmental settings. The project also elevated understanding about the importance of blue carbon and developed new tools and

resources to enable coastal managers and policymakers to leverage blue carbon to achieve broader wetlands management, restoration, and conservation goals.

Audience: Individuals and organization working on wetlands conservation and restoration; climate mitigation and adaptation; and coastal water quality including:

  • Federal, state & local officials and policymakers
  • Wetlands restoration managers & project developers
  • Conservation organizations
  • Natural resource & land managers
  • Conservation Commissions
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Interested public



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Holiday Inn – Rockland
929 Hingham St., Rockland, MA 02370
Comfort Inn – Rockland
850 Hingham St., Rockland, MA 02370
Best Western Inn – Rockland
909 Hingham St., Rockland, MA 02370

Price: Free Event

Date: 05/12/2015

The Conference Center at Massasoit Community College
770 Crescent Street
Brockton, MA
02302-3996 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

More Than a Message

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More Than a Message
Even the strongest message won’t deliver itself! Participants learned how the pros plan their campaigns, measure their accomplishments, and do it even better next time. The More Than a Message training provided big concepts and practical tips you need to plan and carry out your effort.

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Price: Free Event

Date: 06/12/2015

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