Project Title: Analysis of State and Federal Policy and Regulatory Programs that are Intended to Provide Protection to Coastal Habitats in the Gulf of Mexico
The HCRT partnered with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) to conduct an analysis of state and federal policies and programs. This project focused on identifying strengths and weaknesses of the habitat conservation and restoration management systems in the five Gulf states, as well as the gaps and areas of overlap between the various components. The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) achieved this by researching and analyzing current laws, policies, and regulations; identifying practical differences between the state programs, such as funding, staff, and objectives; and by consulting program staff and other experts in each area to help us assess the efficacy of the individual programs in practice. The information gained supported recommendations which have been developed and included in a comprehensive report. The report will facilitate the development and implementation of specific strategies for improving the overall strength of the individual state programs and for filling substantive gaps between them.
FINAL REPORT (PDF 1.95 mb)