Striking a balance between competing uses of coastal resources is becoming harder in the face of development pressures and population growth in the coastal zone. Accurate and timely information is the key for making the best possible choices about coastal issues. Often, coastal decision-makers do not have access to the relevant science-based information and tools. The Coastal Training Program addresses these issues by cooperating with regional partners to deliver professional training programs based upon the most current scientific knowledge available.

Workshops, seminars, and lectures are offered covering a range of topics from estuarine ecology and storm-water runoff to climate change and social science.

Goals and objectives

The major goal of the Coastal Training Program is to improve decision-making related to coastal resources management at local and regional levels.

The Program’s Objectives include:

  • Providing information, tools, and skills to people who make decisions about coastal resources.
  • Improving relationships of program providers and coastal decision makers and allowing for collaboration.
  • Helping people understand and manage the effects of human activities on coastal resources.

In 2001, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) began development of the Coastal Training Program (CTP) as an expansion of its overall education program. CTP is funded by the National Estuarine Reserves Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and matched with state resources through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The SINERR Coastal Training Program provides support and information to elected officials and professionals so they can better manage the coastal resources so vital to their economies and way of life. CTP responds to individuals, businesses and communities by providing information on topics ranging from waste removal systems to shoreline erosion and shellfish habitat. The Coastal Training Program targets the entire coastline of Georgia and partners and collaborates with many agencies and organizations, which is the key to a successful Coastal Training Program. Please see our links and resources pages for a listing of these organizations.