Greenovation Forum

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend our upcoming Greenovation Forum entitled “Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning: The Ecological, Economic, and Governance Principles for Managing the Ocean” on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 4 pm.

The declining health of marine ecosystems around the world is evidence that current piecemeal governance is inadequate to successfully support healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems and sustain human uses of the ocean. One proposed solution to this problem is ecosystem-based coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP), which is a process that informs the spatial distribution of activities in the ocean so that existing and emerging uses can be maintained, use conflicts reduced, and ecosystem health and services protected and sustained for future generations.

Leadership for CMSP comes from the national level through the establishment of the first National Ocean Policy signed by President Obama in July 2010, which includes a national framework for coastal and marine spatial planning. Under the framework, CMSP will be regional in scope, developed cooperatively among federal, state, tribal, and local authorities, and include substantial stakeholder, scientific, and public input. California is working on a regional level with Oregon and Washington to address the national directives and opportunities. California Assembly Bill 2125, signed by the Governor in September 2010, called for the state Ocean Protection Council to support state agencies’ use and sharing of geospatial information for ocean and coastal management-related decision making, including CMSP.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
CALIT2 Auditorium in Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

4:00 pm Sustainable reception featuring Carlsbad Aquafarm seafood
4:30 pm Program begins
6:00 pm Conclusion

This forum will feature the following speakers:

Dr. Jerry R. Schubel
CEO and President, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA

Dr. Kathryn Mengerink
Senior Attorney and Director, Oceans Program, Environmental Law Institute
Lecturer, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego 

Dr. John Helly
Director, Laboratory for Earth and Environmental Science, San Diego Supercomputer Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Erin Prahler, JD
Early Career Policy Fellow, Center for Ocean Solutions

The Greenovation Forum attracts large numbers of people from regional government, business and the educational sectors in addition to university faculty, staff, and students. This is the fifth year of Greenovation Forum events that we have been able to offer with the generous support of the Scripps Foundation for Science and the Environment.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Please RSVP at no later than Friday, February 17, 2012.

Questions? Please contact Kelsey Lamberto at or 858-822-2521. For directions, click here. 

We hope you will join us for another exciting and informative program.