ELI Gulf Team members Teresa Chan and Amy Streitwieser traveled to Mississippi in mid-July. They attended two public events hosted by the Deepwater Horizon natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) trustees: a community education workshop in Gulfport, and the Trustee Council’s annual public meeting in Long Beach. They also had a chance to catch up with some of our partners, and even got the opportunity to visit a restoration project in progress.
This blog provides a recap of the week’s events.
Our report, Coordination in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process: Project Planning and Selection, describes some tools that are available to the Deepwater Horizon NRDA trustees during project planning and selection that could help coordinate their activities internally within the NRDA program and with external entities. In particular, it focuses on (1) project screening criteria; (2) strategic frameworks; and (3) joint restoration planning. This new report builds on Coordination in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process: General Tools and Mechanisms (March 2018), which surveyed some of the general tools and mechanisms available to the trustees to help coordinate their activities.
This conversation with Danny is the part of the ELI Gulf of Mexico team’s “Why I Participate in Gulf Restoration” blog series. The series aims to highlight the views of community members impacted by the BP oil spill, and provide a glimpse of some challenges and successes they face in getting involved in the restoration processes.
Our second post of the blog series is based on a conversation we had earlier this year with Danny Le, Branch Manager of Boat People SOS in Biloxi, MS and La Batre, AL. The post, Fishing for Opportunity: A Perspective on Vietnamese Community Engagement in Gulf Restoration shares Danny's perspective on some challenges and opportunities for the Vietnamese community in engaging in the Gulf restoration processes.
Event on June 6, 2018 in Gulfport, MS
It has been more than eight years since the start of the BP oil spill. In that time, many steps have been taken to restore and recover the Gulf. This includes the approval of numerous plans, programs, and restoration projects. As Gulf restoration and recovery efforts continue to move forward, how can the public engage and help shape restoration?
To help members of the public better understand how to get involved, ELI, along with Environmental Management Services, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, and Public Lab, co-sponsored an event on “Engaging in the Gulf Restoration Processes: How the Public Can Help Shape Restoration.” The goal of this event was to provide participants with tools and information that they can use to more effectively engage in the restoration and recovery efforts.
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Event on March 27, 2018 in Gulfport, MS
As a result of the BP oil spill, billions of dollars are going to restoration and recovery efforts in the Gulf, with most of that money going to restoration projects. Although there are many different types, restoration projects can be technical and difficult to understand. So how are members of the public supposed to make heads or tails of them?
To help the public better understand how to evaluate restoration projects, the Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with Steps Coalition, Audubon Mississippi, National Wildlife Federation, and Ocean Conservancy, hosted an in-person event in Gulfport, MS on “Making Heads or Tails of BP Oil Spill Restoration Projects.”
The event convened experts to cover topics such as how to navigate through restoration projects to understand when one “good” project could be prioritized over another, how to deal with scientific uncertainty, and how restoration projects work in practice. The goal of this event was to provide participants with tools and information about restoration projects so that they can more effectively engage in the restoration and recovery efforts moving forward.
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