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WEBINAR: Public Trust Doctrine, Coastal Land Use, and Sea Level Rise
August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Please join us on August 16th from 12 – 1PM to hear from Don Gourlie, Early Career Law & Policy Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions, on the Public Trust Doctrine, Coastal Land Use, and Sea Level Rise.
California’s policymakers, coastal managers, and communities increasingly recognize that the inevitable collision of sea level rise with certain coastal development trends—what some have termed the “coastal squeeze”—threatens California’s coast and the important public benefits it provides. An ancient legal principle, the public trust doctrine, requires California to protect and sustain its coastal tidelands and submerged lands for public purposes ranging from navigation and commerce to recreation and conservation, and provides the State with the authority to defend the public’s interests when they are at risk. As a result, California will find strong legal support—rooted in long-standing precedents and principles of property law—for considering the anticipated effects of sea level rise and other climate change impacts on public trust resources and interests in planning and decision making. To provide a clear interpretation of the public trust doctrine’s potential role in climate change adaptation along California’s coast, the Center for Ocean Solutions convened a working group of public trust and coastal land use experts in October 2016. The working group members jointly authored a consensus statement, which describes California’s duty and authority under the public trust doctrine and identifies opportunities for policymakers, coastal managers, and stakeholders to improve the governance and management of our coastal public trust resources and uses in light of sea level rise. Click here for the full report prepared by the Center for Ocean Solutions.
Don Gourlie joined COS as an early career law and policy fellow in September of 2014. Don’s captivating journey to becoming an early career legal fellow at COS began in New England where he was raised and spent summers at the beach and ocean science summer camps. His love for the oceans led him to the University of Tampa where he earned a dual degree in marine science and biology. In subsequent years, he worked as a fisheries observer, environmental consultant, and aquarium educator before deciding to transition into law and policy. His education at Lewis & Clark Law School provided him with competence in many aspects of ocean and coastal law, including international environmental law, marine wildlife protection, climate change law, environmental decision-making, and administrative law. He has been working on coastal adaptation and public trust issues for several years.
Topic: CACRNetwork Webinar: Public Trust Doctrine, Coastal Land Use, and Sea Level Rise
Host: Kelly Leo
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Session number: 648 582 128
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