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National Dialogues on Coastal Stewardship Web Site
May 1998 - November 2001

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The National Dialogues Web site, part of NOAA's State of the Coast Project, was retired on November 9, 2001. The National Dialogues brought together many partners in the coastal community with interests in ports, recreation, fisheries, and energy and mineral development to focus on the most important coastal and oceanic issues facing the United States late in the 20th Century. The major elements of the National Dialogues were the Stratton Commission Roundtable, a coastal trends workshop, a stewardship forum, and an Internet town meeting called Coast 2025.

Each of the major elements produced a number of informative papers and reports that are available here in PDF format. To access a paper or report, click on its title below. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (download Adobe Acrobat Reader) to view the file.

Stratton Commission Roundtable
Coastal Trends Workshop
Trends and Future Issues in the Coastal States
Stewardship Forum
Coast 2025

Stratton Commission Roundtable

On May 1, 1998, members and staff of the Stratton Commission, whose work in 1969 led to the founding of NOAA, enactment of the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act, and other important advances in ocean and coastal management, met with today's ocean and coastal leaders. They discussed the establishment and accomplishments of the 1960s commission, current proposals for a new ocean commission, conditions that changed over time, and lessons learned. The papers listed below were prepared for that roundtable.

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Coastal Trends Workshop

A January 1999 workshop, organized by ocean and coastal stakeholders, examined trends that will affect U.S. ocean and coastal policy in the next 25 years. Trends examined included demographic pressures on the coast, resource scarcity, technological and industry-driven innovations, social values and attitudes, international and domestic governance frameworks, ocean industries, and the actions of non-governmental organizations. In preparation for the workshop, a paper was developed entitled Trends in U.S. Coastal Regions, 1970-1998. The paper examines the direction of coastal resource use and management.

Workshop proceedings produced 21 papers.

The Next 25 Years: Global Issues



Trends in Managing the Environment


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Industry-Driven Changes and Policy Responses

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Trends and Future Issues in the Coastal States

Stewardship Forum

A forum on the future of coastal stewardship was held in March 1999 in Washington, D.C. to identify and begin to understand the consequences of major social, economic, and environmental trends in the nation's coastal areas by the year 2025. About 50 individuals from each of the ten partner organizations in NOAA's National Dialogues on Coastal Stewardship participated in the forum.

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Coast 2025

What will America's coast be like 25 years from now? Coastal partners from around the Nation proposed a vision, Coastal Futures 2025. Between July 1999 - June 2000 participants were able to post opinions and comments on 11 topics ranging from technology to recreation and tourism through this an Internet Town Meeting conducted on the National Dialogues Coast 2025 Web page.

 

 

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