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									Managing through
 Lynne Zeitlin Hale
 Director, Marine Initiative
 September, 2003
“To preserve the plants, animals
and natural communities that
represent the diversity of life on
earth by protecting the lands and
waters they need to survive.”
A growing marine commitment

                                    2003:100+ sites in
                                    •all coastal states
                                    •25 coastal countries




                            1990   1995        2000
Marine Conservation
How we work

State and Country programs
On the ground/ in the water
Coastal /marine focus varies

Global Marine Initiative
1 of 5 Organizational Priorities
Strategic leadership
Increased impact
•on policy
•on conservation
Marine Conservation
Focus areas
Seas to Summit Conservation
   •Critical ecosytem conservation
   •Focus on land/sea/ocean interactions
   •MPAs nested within larger “conversation”
   •Multi-site conservation strategies
Expansion of the conservation “toolkit”
Conservation in context of global change
   •Coral reef conservation that lasts
   •Resilience of other systems (e.g. marshes)
US International Leadership
   •Implementation of WSSD Oceans and Coasts agenda
Seas to Summit
Ecoregional assessments…a building block

•Identify conservation targets-- ecosystems & spp.
• Collect the available information on targets
• Set conservation goals
• Develop “strawman” set of priority sites using
   a reserve selection program
• Evaluate these mathematical results in workshops
   and interviews with scientists & managers
• Finalize the portfolio of sites into an
   ecoregional plan
in the Northwest Division
   Zach A. Ferdaña, The Nature Conservancy
 Curtis D. Tanner, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service
Michael W. Beck, Ph.D., The Nature Conservancy
      Paul Dye, The Nature Conservancy
Lead Participants in
Ecoregional Assessment
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Washington Department of Natural
Washington Department of Fish and
Oregon Natural Heritage Program
Conservation Data Center of British
Bureau of Land Management
People for Puget Sound
University of Washington
BC Ministry of Sustainable
Resource Management
Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Nature Conservancy of
The Nature Conservancy of Oregon
Seas to Summit Conservation
W-P-F Ecoregional assessment outcomes

New Relationships
•traditional relationship with Washington DNR & DFW grew
•competitive relationship with People for Puget Sound turned into a solid partnership
on nearshore restoration
•scale and scope brought new relationships concerning salmon conservation
New Approaches
•Integrated land/coastal/marine conservation sites
•Built partnerships for implementation

Goal implementation through multiple mechanisms
•TNC portfolio site selection
•State fish and wildlife habitat priority plans
•State designation of marine reserves and aquatic reserves
•Status reports and recovery plans for species of concern
Seas to Summit Conservation
Ecoregional Assessments
Basis for new
Common information             Marine Ecoregional
  base (what is                Assessments completed / underway
  important / where it is)
Process for development
  of shared goals (or
   implications of different
One building block for
  ocean planning/zoning
Help clarify additional
  data needs
Conservation toolkit
Innovation in Implementation

Nursery focus
•Demonstration sites

Innovative Tools
  of submerged lands           Photo caption, ©photographer


  •Conservation of
  submerged lands not
  currently on the agenda
  •Private entities (including
  TNC) have opportunities to
  lease/own submerged land
  •Can be teamed effectively
  with restoration but broader
  look at use crucial
  •Ownership / lease hold        Photo caption, ©photographer

  increases “stake” in whole
      Bay Bottom Ownership
   Blue Points in Great South Bay
• Restoration of Great
  South Bay: Preservation
  and restoration activities
  could have ecosystem-wide

• Develop a multi-use plan
  for preservation,
  restoration and use

• Co-management
    Bluepoints Bottomlands Council

•   TNC                  •   NYS DEC
•   SUNY Stony Brook     •   NYS DOS
•   Town of Brookhaven   •   SSER
•   Town of Islip        •   FINS
•   Cornell Coop. Ext.   •   Baymen
•   Suffolk County       •   Bluepoints Co.
•   NY Sea Grant         •   Environmental Defense
                Bluepoints Projects
Applied Research             Restoration, protection & use
 • Historical data collection,   • Eelgrass restoration and
   GIS mapping & Analysis          preservation

 • Eelgrass mapping (DOS)        • Hard clam and scallop
                                   restoration & spawner
 • Benthic mapping (DEC)           sanctuaries
 • Research & Monitoring of • Small-scale, enviro-friendly
   restoration, protection and   aquaculture
   use activities
                               • Public harvest of wild
Potential to become a MARINE ZONING MODEL for estuaries
                throughout the United States

„Necessary to achieve conservation

„New vision beyond “bucks and
acres” to restored ecosystem

„A proactive, partnership approach
that yields tangible results

                                     NOAA photo library
TNC/NOAA Community-Based Restoration Program: Year 1
in blue -- Year 2 in red -- Year 3 Proposals in green
Seas to Summit Conservation
Anticipated supportive OPC recommendations

         Better coordination among federal, state, and local agencies to take advantage of their
         various authorities and capabilities.
         New models for federal action that empower state and local agencies to take the lead.
         Expanded roles and responsibilities for non-governmental organizations and private
         business interests
         Coastal/Marine planning and implementation at a regional scale to address multiple
         issues simultaneously.
         A shift away from single species management toward integrated, ecosystem-based
         management of marine resources.
Potential Early Implementation Actions

     „Support for marine and coastal habitat restoration at seascape scale
     „Revitalize, coordinate, provide adequate funding for existing ocean and coastal programs
     „Demonstrate that Ecosystem (Seas to Summit) conservation is practical and effective
     „Support, catalyze innovation in conservation techniques
     „Support the science and mechanisms for adaptive management, learning and dissemination
     of successful strategies
     „Provide incentives for strengthened partnerships (national, state, local - Governmental /
Coral Reef Conservation
TNC goals
•Expand the area of coral
reefs and associated
habitats under protection;
Build resilience into
MPA selection, design,
and management;
Establish mutually-
representative MPA
Strengthen the
management effectiveness     Caribbean, Pacific (eastern and western),
and financial                            Southeast Asia
sustainability of MPAs
Coral Reef Conservation
Potential Early Implementation Actions
„Increased support of US Coral Reef Task Force Action Plan implementation
          -Local Action Strategies
          -Climate change and coral reefs (resilience)
          -Capacity building
„Strengthened science and monitoring programs
„Increased support for MPAs and MPA Networks
„Strengthened links between MPA Management and Integrated Coastal and Ocean
„Building resilience into coral reef conservation
       USCRTF is one effective model for a partnership / ecosystem
How can TNC be a helpful partner in catalyzing action ?

State Level
    •State TNC teams work with Governors’ offices on comments
    •Contribute to identifying potential demonstration projects; identify
    funding opportunities
    •Contribute to developing capacity, project implementation
National Level
    •Work with National Governors Association; Coastal States
    Organization; other NGOS on comments
    •Work with both the Administration and Congress on both a strong,
    positive, early actions as well as long term strategy

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