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Welcome to the Coastal CURA

How can communities, resource user organizations and governments together meet the capacity needs and awareness to carry out coastal management? And at what scale should management take place – at the level of the community, of a stretch of coastline, of a province or of the whole Maritimes? When should management be bottom-up (community-led) and when government-led?

Through the extensive six-year project, Coastal CURA explored these crucial questions through a careful review of experiences in the past, combined with innovative participatory research on a set of current management endeavours taking place across the Maritimes. We applied three key strategies – research, capacity-building, and knowledge mobilization – to each of following three key areas:

  • Reflection and Evaluation Methods: Learning from Experience

  • Integrated Coastal Management Initiatives: Iterative Learning in the Present

  • Organizational and Institutional Capacity: Building for the Future 

Explore the resources available through this site including knowledge sharing and community engagement strategies.


Be sure as well to watch our film: A Coastal Partnership” and look at the “People and Places” proceedings.


Film: A Coastal Partnership

Maritime Stories of
Integrated Management

Watch it here

People in Places
Engaging Together in Integrated
Resource Management

An International Conference in
Halifax, NS, Canada
June 27-29, 2011

View our Conference Proceedings here