First Annual Cape Coastal Conference
Linking Science with Local Solutions and Decision-Making
The natural coastal resources of the Cape are inextricably linked to the identity, character and economy of the region. The health and sustainability of many of these resources are being threatened by multiple environmental stressors such as nutrient pollution, habitat degradation, inappropriate land use and climate change. To conserve and restore these vital resources it is critical that management and policy decisions draw on the best available science that illuminates how coastal ecosystems function, human impacts on them and consequences of management decisions and actions. In recognition of this need, the Cape Coastal Conference was launched to provide a go-to forum where decision-makers, professionals, volunteers and scientists could exchange information and help advance solutions to resource management challenges. The conference highlighted relevant science, local research, case studies and best management practices that can be instructive to towns in their coastal management efforts.