This goal describes how well we are preserving current and future access to the coastal and marine systems that people value as part of their cultural identity. For the global assessment, this is evaluated by determining the condition of iconic species (iconic species subgoal) and the protection of coastal regions (lasting special places subgoal).


People derive a sense of identity or value from living near the ocean, visiting coastal or marine locations or just knowing that such places and their characteristic species exist. This goal tries to capture the aspects of the coastal and marine system that people value as part of their cultural identity by measuring two subgoals: the condition of iconic species and the condition of lasting special places.

The health of iconic species and protected places are two ways of assessing the cultural, spiritual, aesthetic and other intangible benefits that people value for a region.

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Goal: Sense of Place


Iconic Species
Lasting Special Places