State of the Cape: Changing Waters & Shorelines
June 13-14, 2013
DoubleTree by Hilton, Hyannis, MA Linking Science with Local Solutions and Decision-Making
The natural coastal resources of the Cape are inextricably linked to the identity, character and economy of the region. The health and sustainability of many of these resources are being threatened by multiple environmental stressors such as nutrient pollution, habitat degradation, inappropriate land use and climate change. To conserve and restore these vital resources it is critical that management and policy decisions draw on the best available science that illuminates how coastal ecosystems function, human impacts on them and consequences of management decisions and actions. In recognition of this need, the Cape Coastal Conference was launched to provide a go-to forum where decision-makers, professionals, volunteers and scientists could exchange information and help advance solutions to resource management challenges. The conference highlighted relevant science, local research, case studies and best management practices that can be instructive to towns in their coastal management efforts.
This conference was developed by the Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program (CTP) in response to results of a 2012 needs assessment of local officials on Cape Cod. The event was planned collaboratively by a diverse team of state, regional and local partners.
Planning Partners: Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Massachusetts Bays Program, Woods Hole Sea Grant Program, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Cape Cod Commission, Three Bays Preservation, American Planning Association MA Chapter, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation, MA Department of Environmental Protection, and Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation