Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee Secretariat, Canada
Data Center Description
In 1991, a workshop was organized by an agency of the Council of Maritime Premiers to further the process of regional cooperation related to coastal information management. The ACZISC was subsequently established in response to this need, as recommended by the workshop participants. The inaugural meeting of the Committee was held at the Secretariat of the Council of Maritime Premiers in Halifax, Nova Scotia in January 1992. Subsequently ACZISC meetings have been held three times per year in Atlantic provincial capitals by rotation. The meetings of the ACZISC are attended by members and by observers from all sectors, including students, community representatives, the private sector, etc. ACZISC Working Groups are established to address identified needs within the context of an Annual ACZISC Workplan.
The goal of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) is to provide a focus and forum for the development and coordination of a regional coastal zone information infrastructure, i.e. appropriate mechanisms to manage information and data effectively and to facilitate its exchange and dissemination, and to promote integrated coastal zone management initiatives. Refer to the ACZISC Terms of Reference for further information.
Currently ACZISC membership includes the four Atlantic Provinces, several federal departments/agencies, NGOs, the private sector and academia. Funding and support is provided by the members and some revenue is derived from projects. The ACZISC operates by consensus.
The fact that Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) is by definition ?inter-everything and inter-everybody?, and is dealing with competitive resource-use issues, severely restricts the utility of more traditional fora, which tend to be organized along sectoral lines. The ACZISC ?bridges the gap? between the numerous agencies involved with coastal information management and with coastal policy and minimizes the inhibiting effects of bureaucracy.