Dear MEAM readers,

In this issue of MEAM, we are exploring a variety of topics related to financing multi-sector marine planning and management. These include examples of successful marine management user fee systems and debt-for-marine-planning swaps; tips for reducing costs of ocean planning; and areas of financial innovation that can be used for ocean planning and management.

We will follow up on this article in the coming year with in-depth articles and live webinars on specific financing topics such as impact investing. If you are interested in learning more about a specific marine planning/management finance topic in MEAM or the webinar series, please let us know at

We are also very pleased to be able to follow up on last issue’s lead article on planning for equity and social justice in ocean use with an EBM Toolbox in this issue with tips and tools for incorporating equity considerations into planning. Please check it out!

Best wishes for your work,
Sarah Carr
​MEAM Editor