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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

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Coastal Population 53,883 (coastal states summary - PDF)
Island Chain 14 islands in the archipelago
Land Area 183.5 square miles

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Funding: Northern Mariana Islands Coastal Management Program

Fast Facts

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Changing Lands

Forest is the largest land cover category (49.21 percent) in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Only seven percent of the territory is developed.

Use NOAA’s high resolution coastal land cover data to see Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands’ coast.

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Coral Economics

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ coral reefs and associated ecosystems have an average economic value of $65 million per year. Find the details in this report.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

Short Stories: Making a Difference in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

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