Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management
Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM) aims to manage human activities in the coastal zone and ocean with a priority of maintaining the health of the coastal and ocean ecosystems. Integrated Management requires multiple stakeholders at the table, including government, community, First Nations and academia.
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Why do we need ICOM?
Goals of ICOM
Successful ICOM will result in a more ecologically resilient coastline and surrounding ocean area, better water quality, planning and management shared between local institutions and higher levels of government, with reduced conflict and increased cooperation. Additional results of successful ICOM include greater certainty for coastal industries, the resolution of resource use and space conflicts between stakeholders, and greater protection for coastal residents from storms and other climate change issues.