Nova Scotia has committed to taking an integrated, "whole of government" approach to addressing the coastal issues that matter most to Nova Scotians. To help us do this, we adopted a Coastal Management Framework to guide our work, and established an inter-departmental Provincial Oceans Network to lead and coordinate these efforts.
The Coastal Management Framework defines in simple terms how the Government of Nova Scotia will work to address its priority coastal issues. It builds upon existing provincial and departmental commitments, mandates and capacities, while recognizing the fundamental importance of collaboration with other levels of government, stakeholders and interest groups.
The Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding Respecting Coastal and Ocean Management in Nova Scotia.” The MOU outlines four areas for future collaboration, including: Implementation of Nova Scotia’s Coastal Strategy; Integrated coastal and oceans management and planning; Managing and sharing information relevant to coastal and oceans management; and, Development of a coastal research network to advance research in Nova Scotia.
The Provincial Oceans Network (PON) is composed of representatives from provincial departments and agencies with responsibilities and interests in coastal and ocean management. PON has two main functions: 1) help coordinate coastal and ocean management within the provincial government; and 2) provide advice and expertise in developing and implementing the Coastal Strategy.
Coastal management is complex, involving many different issues, organizations and initiatives. The Government of Nova Scotia is only one of the key partners involved, so it is important that we are aware of what's going on around us and look for ways to integrate our efforts.