The demands on coasts and oceans grow each year, fueling unprecedented conflicts over access to these limited natural resources. More residents than ever live and recreate on our coasts. Sea level rise and more intense storms threaten both natural and human assets. Efforts to gain greater energy independence are sparking interest in off-shore renewable energy. Vessel traffic is increasing, putting marine mammals at greater risk. Fishermen struggle to make a livelihood while aquaculture holds promise to feed a hungry world but also poses risks.
Our mediators have extensive experience helping parties build agreements on coast and ocean issues at the local, state, and federal levels. While we custom design our engagements, our mediators draw on several core approaches:
From working with coastal communities to prepare for rising sea levels to supporting planning efforts in New England that resulted in the first ocean plan in the country, we have helped advance progress on challenging, contentious coastal and ocean issues.
CBI was a great thought partner in a complicated situation – helping us bridge differences among competing interests for use of New England waters. CBI mediators quickly identified the heart of issues and helped us design an effective collaboration. They didn’t process for the sake of process, but instead kept a laser focus on getting us to our desired endpoint, which was the first regional ocean plan in the country – a major accomplishment.
Northeast Regional Ocean Council