The URI Coastal Resources Center (CRC) will use the money from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for a two-year project to educate coastal and ocean professionals at home and abroad about the newest management techniques for planning the allocation of uses and resources in increasingly busy and crowded oceans
“The Coastal Resources Center at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography has a long and distinguished record to bring science, management and policy studies together to address important coastal and oceanic issues,” GSO Dean Bruce Corliss said. “This grant will allow CRC to help groups and institutions address critical needs in marine spatial planning and will have a significant impact on ocean sustainability in the future.”
CRC, which developed for the state a celebrated and model ocean planning document, the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), is providing an innovative training program based on Ocean SAMP lessons learned to a worldwide network of ocean and coastal practitioners. Results from this project will subsequently inform and enhance the entire portfolio of CRC coastal and ocean management work – knowledge made available to the public.