Habitat Conservation

American Samoa Coastal Use Mapping Project

American Samoa Mapping project mapThe American Samoa Coastal Use Mapping Project is designed to fill a critical information gap in ocean management by mapping significant human uses taking place in the nearshore marine environment. The project utilized participatory GIS to obtain information regarding where extractive and non-extractive activities take place, where ocean use is most intense, how uses overlap, as well as seasonal, cultural, and other aspects of different activities. The intent was to gain a better understanding of coastal and ocean uses directly from local experts (resource users, managers, and local residents) to create maps of ocean uses that will better inform resource management. Data, maps and analytical products are available to territorial and federal agencies and to local community groups.

 

 

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