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About the Guam Coastal Management Program

The Guam Coastal Management Program (GCMP) was established in 1979 through a cooperative agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Planning Office of the Governor and draws its authorities from the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972. The Guam Coastal Management’s Program’s regulatory and enforcement functions are constituted by a network of other agencies’ authority, including the Department if Land Management, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Agriculture, and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency. The common interests of GCMP and its networking agencies are linked through the policies for development and resource protection established in Executive Order 78-37.


The core form of governance of GCMP is derived from Title 5 Guam Code Annotated Chapter. 1 Office of the Governor 2 Centralized Planning and the Programmatic and Final Impact Statement as approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, Office for Coastal Management. The management functions of the program consist of the strategies, projects, and programs that are carried out on a day-to-day basis. These functions can be categorized into four broad categories which include:

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