ELI is helping support regional ocean and coastal planning efforts around the world that are based on local priorities, transparent and inclusive processes, and best available information. We work with domestic and international entities to help develop systems that reduce conflicts among multiple ocean users and maximize the long-term sustainability of marine ecosystems.
In the Mid-Atlantic, the Ocean Program has worked with states to assess how their coastal and offshore laws and policies accommodate and manage offshore energy development. This has included collaborating with the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to analyze their offshore energy laws, assess how they protect the coastal environment while facilitating offshore renewable energy development, and provide practical recommendations for strengthening the existing frameworks. ELI has also worked with the five Mid-Atlantic states (New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia) on a regional guide to offshore wind management. In April 2013, ELI collaborated with Monmouth University, Rutgers Law School, and New Jersey Sea Grant to host a symposium on Mid-Atlantic regional ocean planning, leading to the publication of a special issue of the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal.