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About PacMARA

In a world where so many people, organizations, businesses, and agencies have increasing interests in marine resources, PacMARA (the Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association) helps bring the pieces together. Without adequate planning, even routine uses can seriously impact the ocean’s ability to provide critical services such as food, coastal protection, economic opportunity, energy generation, cultural use, and recreation.

National and regional planning around the world is helping people manage ocean uses to sustain these services for the coming decades. Government agencies, NGOs, researchers, industries, and stakeholders are gearing up to conduct ocean planning, and PacMARA counts itself as part of the solution by promoting pragmatic approaches to enhance informed planning through facilitated communication, coordination, and collaboration.

PacMARA is a charitable organization of science and planning professionals dedicated to building and increasing capacity in marine and coastal planning in Canada and internationally. Our goal is to help promote sustainable prosperity through communication, coordination, and collaboration – ultimately linking science with decision making.

PacMARA provides facilitation, training, analysis, and support for the ocean planning community through a variety of methods such as conducting workshops, courses, symposia, and spatial planning research case studies (35+ in nine countries to date). Participants include cross-sector government agencies, NGOs, researchers, industries, and community groups.

As a registered charity in Canada, PacMARA relies on charitable donations by people like you to remain impartial. Tax receipts are provided with all donations. Please consider donating today!