Marine Planning
Practical Approaches to Ocean and Coastal Decision-Making

Multipurpose Marine Cadastre Outcomes

Development of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre began in 2007. The Cadastre has been used most prominently for permit review and site suitability analysis for energy projects, and it is being integrated increasingly into coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) processes. The following examples illustrate how the Cadastre is used.

Northeast Ocean Data Portal

The Northeast Ocean Data Portal draws some of its data from the Cadastre. The Portal integrates these data with regional data sets to support regional-scale planning.

Next Steps

Currently, the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre does not contain enough biodiversity data to support multi-objective planning efforts intended to address conservation. Following the success of the pilot project with biodiversity data from the eastern United States, The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with federal partners toward integrating more biodiversity data into the Cadastre. Adding these trusted data is essential for the Cadastre to support implementation of CMSPand other elements of the U.S. National Ocean Policy, which mandates multi-objective planning encompassing conservation. Based on this pilot project, the following are among the key recommendations:

For More Information

Website: Multipurpose Marine Cadastre

Recorded webinar: Multipurpose Marine Cadastre 2.0

News article from Wind Today: Multipurpose Marine Cadastre Speeds Offshore Site-Screening Process



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