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Task Force Releases Framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., December 15, 2009

On December 14, 2009, the Obama Administration’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force released the nation’s first draft framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (“CMSP”).  The Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (“Interim Framework”) describes CMSP as an ecosystem-based management and planning tool that the Administration recommends using to identify appropriate locations for future ocean-based activities so as “to reduce conflicts among users, reduce environmental impacts, facilitate compatible uses, and preserve critical ecosystem services to meet economic, environmental, security, and social objectives.”  Implementation of CMSP, as proposed in the Interim Framework, will be national in scope to address national interests, but also scalable and specific to regional and local needs.  It is anticipated that CMSP will be applied to traditional and new uses on the ocean and coasts, including oil and gas exploration and development; renewable energy projects (e.g., wind, wave); security, emergency response, and military readiness activities; commerce and transportation; and a myriad of other important uses. 

The Interim Framework is open for a 60-day public comment period, ending February 12, 2010.  After the comment period closes, the Task Force will finalize the recommendations made in both this report and its September 2009 national ocean policy report (see and provide a final report to the President in early 2010. 

For more information about the Interim Framework, the Task Force, or the executive memorandum establishing the Task Force and authorizing the Interim Framework, visit:
or please contact Peter Schaumberg at or (202)-789-6043, Ami Grace-Tardy at or  (202)-789-6076, or Anne Finken at or  (202)-789-6007. 




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