- Significant time, effort and finesse are required to develop and maintain effective formal and informal partnerships and working relationships;
- For the formal partnership with the state, a memorandum of understanding helped clarify shared goals and define respective roles and responsibilities;
- Deliberate and clear communication of respective roles (EEA & MOP) minimized stakeholder confusion about each entity’s role;
- MOP’s timely and effective strategic design, technical and communications support is widely credited as being an important factor in the success of state-led ocean planning. MOP efficiently engaged and managed over 20 teams of expert contractors to respond to EEA needs for data integration and analysis, assist with public involvement processes, and communicate time-sensitive information to a broad range of stakeholders.
- Excerpt from the Draft MA Ocean Plan: “EEA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership, which provided significant support for the planning process, thanks to funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, for applied research, data development, and an enhanced public and stakeholder participation process. EEA thanks the Partnership and its exceptional staff, including Stephanie Moura, Executive Director; Howard Krum, Communications Manager; Nicholas Napoli, Science Manager; and Kim Starbuck, Program Associate.”
- Except from Final MA Ocean Plan: “And through the research program – undertaken in collaboration with, and supported with funding from, the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership – we will continue to address the most pressing issues identified in this final plan, including the need to fully characterize our marine habitats, identify and respond to the cumulative impacts of human uses and climate change, and carefully monitor the ocean system to track the effectiveness of our management measures.”