|Preface||Executive Summary||Goal 1: Restored and Conserved Habitats||Goal 2: Environmental and Human Health||Goal 3: Sustainable Communities|
|Crosscutting Initiatives||About the Council||Accomplishments
The Need for Regional Action: Goal 2
Each day in the Gulf of Maine, decision-makers such as business people, city planners, mayors, legislators, resource managers, and environmental regulators require information to sustain human communities and to preserve ecological integrity. They must sift through information about the environment, the impacts of human activities, and the changes in conditions brought by climate, toxic contamination, and other factors. They need to make decisions quickly, trying to access and then apply information from numerous sources. The geography of the Gulf of Maine adds to the complexity of their decision-making processes. As climate change continues to affect the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, it becomes ever more important to have easy access to reliable, up-to-date, understandable information and analysis, including regional ecosystem indicators, on which to base management and policy decisions.
Goal 2 activities address the region’s need for data, information, and partnerships to ensure that environmental conditions support the health of people and the ecosystem.
The EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) released a smartphone app, available for iOS and Android. [ Click here for more ]
The new version of the Monitoring Map contains over 13,000 (!) separate monitoring sites with associated information served on a Google Earth platform. [ Click here for more ]