The goal of the Coastal Community Development Program (CCD) is to establish sustainable development as the fundamental principle for the use and development of our coasts. The CCD works with coastal communities, NGOs, government agencies, the private sector, and the general public to promote capacity building in areas of sustainable economic development, smart growth, and the conservation of coastal resources.
Coastal communities are experiencing the impacts of urban sprawl due to the increasing growth of the population, accelerated development in our coastal areas, and lack of effective planning. The CCD works with communities to encourage the conservation and protection of our natural and coastal resources through sustainable development. Sustainable development promotes the wise use of natural resources, as well as improving economic development. The CCD also provides capacity building/training for new technologies and the tools available for planning, smart growth, urban sprawl, and sustainable economic development.