Coastal Resources Planning
DCRM's Coastal Resources Planning section is funded primarily through NOAA's Section 309 Base Grant of the Coastal Zone Management Act, which provides resources for the planners to conduct special projects that enhance coastal management. Types of projects that planning staff are involved in include:
- Wetland Management - Wetland determination, land exchange, field testing of rapid assessment methods for the valuation of Wetlands
- Improving Public access
- Addressing Coastal hazards - reviewing proposed developments and their susceptibility to floods, typhoons, quakes
- Cumulative and second impacts - reviewing proposed developments to prevent cumulative and secondary adverse impacts
- Marine debris- removal and reduction of litter and abandoned vessels
- Special Area Management Planning - working in concert with other agencies to protect and enhance the islands many natural, coastal, cultural, historic, and economic resources
- Shoreline monitoring- Observing shoreline erosion and accretion patterns on Managaha Island and at American Memorial park
Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program
The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was established in 2002 to protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values. The program provides state and local governments with matching funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers. Lands or conservation easements acquired with CELCP funds are protected in perpetuity so that they may be enjoyed by future generations.
Access the NOAA CELCP website - http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/welcome.html.
Climate Change Adaptation
The Division of Coastal Resources Management is actively engaged in efforts to understand and adapt to climate change in the CNMI. This includes studies of climate vulnerabilities within the CNMI, development of adaptation plans, ongoing leadership within the CNMI Climate Working Group, and data sharing collaborations throughout the Pacific Region. The Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) website can be accessed here: http://www.climatecnmi.net/
Additional DCRM work related to climate change:
The CNMI Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) is a dynamic task force that has had representation from 33 stakeholder agencies and organizations. This collaborative body has included CNMI government agencies, federal agencies, tourism and business associations, and non-governmental organizations.
The Working Group first convened in June, 2012, to lay a strategic foundation for climate change adaptation planning in the CNMI. The group is identifying risks and areas that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and using this assessment for public education and to inform adaptation planning efforts.