The Gulf of Mexico Foundation coordinated and led the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Priority Issue Team (HCRT) of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) from its inception through 2015,when the State of Louisiana took over coordination responsibilities. But the Foundation continues to be active as a sponsor and member of GOMA and the Habitat Resources Team (HRT). GOMA reorganized and the HCRT became the HRT. The team is composed of state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and vested interests in the Gulf of Mexico.
HCRT projects, including sea level rise modeling, analysis of policies impeding restoration, sediment management strategies and valuing ecosystem services of habitats, fell into five action areas under the Governors’ Action Plan II and have had a significant impact upon conservation and restoration in the region.
HCRT’S FIVE ACTION AREAS:
• Expanded Partnerships
• Policy Changes
• Technology Development
• Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan
• Reversing the Downward Trend in Ecosystem Services
The Governors’ Action Plan II came to an end in 2014. All six teams of GOMA began developing the next action plan during 2014 and will complete it in 2015. The Foundation serves on the HRT Steering Committee and the GOMA Alliance Management Team and remains committed to improving collaboration and stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico through GOMA.