Join us for a special online presentation with guest speaker Dr. Charles Lester, who is the Director Ocean and Coastal Policy Center, Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara.
The passage of California’s Proposition 20 Coastal Initiative in 1972 launched perhaps the greatest coastal protection experiment ever with the Coastal Act and the California coastal Commission.
California has since become an international leader in coastal management, with a vision to protect the coast for present and future generations while providing for its sustainable development. By most accounts, California’s coastal protection effort has been a huge success. Yet today, the state faces an ever-growing set of challenges, from sea level rise, to insidious plastic pollution, to the wide-spread gentrification of the coastal zone.
Questions are squarely raised: has California’s coastal management experiment achieved its original vision? Is the state of the coast after 50 years of considered management a cause for celebration, or is it time to take stock, diagnose, and re-tool for the next 50 years?
Dr. Lester, former Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission and Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy Center at the Marine Science
Institute at UCSB will reflect on the last fifty years of California coastal management, and discuss some of the core challenges facing the state.