Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Sustainable Fisheries

(2012) IEN facilitated a capacity building and partnership initiative with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Maryland local governments.On the premise that healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can most successfully be achieved in partnership with local government, IEN led a process to address the greatest threat to Maryland's natural resources and the critical ecosystem support functions they provide, watershed use change. The goal to develop a pro-active approach to strategically target DNR assistance to protect the most ecologically valuable resources threatened by development in collaboration with local governments was met through this multistakeholder process:

  • Assemble science teams develop ecosystem-based solutions
  • Create an enhanced environmental review team that proactively addresses resource sustainability issues
  • Target outreach and assistance to local governments