Guam Coastal Management Program - Section 309 Assessments and Strategy 2011 - 2015

The Guam Coastal Management Program (GCMP) completed assessment and strategy documents in 1991, 1997, 2001, and 2006. This 2010 update provides an opportunity to review the program's accomplishments as well as its strategy for handling new challenges and changing scenarios facing Guam. This update also reflects changes that are based on the single biggest event to happen on Guam since World War II: a massive Department of Defense buildup.

This assessment addresses wetlands, coastal hazards, special area management plans (SAMPs), facility siting, public access, marine debris, and ocean resources. For each, specific threats or impacts are discussed and ranked in terms of risks, management strategies are assessed in the context of what has been tried or altered, and information or research needs are identified.  Sea level rise is discussed within the areas of wetlands, coastal hazards, SAMPs and public access, however, not facility siting.

The development and adoption of procedures to assess, consider, and control cumulative and secondary impacts of coastal growth and development, including the collective effect on various individual uses or activities on coastal resources, such as coastal wetlands and fishery resources, is also outlined.

Publication Date: September 2010

Related Organizations:

  • Guam Bureau of Statistics and Planning


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Resource Types:

  • Assessment
  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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