Gulf of Mexico Alliance - Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts (2016-2021)

The Governors’ Action Plan III for Healthy and Resilient Coasts is the third report in a series of action plans from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance that addresses issues common to all Gulf States. This report is a five-year plan for six regional priorities including Coastal Resilience, Data and Monitoring, Education and Engagement, Habitat Resources, Water Resources, and Wildlife and Fisheries. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a cooperative partnership of the five U.S. Gulf States (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas), federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-governmental organizations.

Teams were assigned to each of the priority issues and reported on impacts and strategies for the focal areas. An additional three initiatives were addressed with cross-team cooperation including: Ecosystem Services; Marine Debris; and Conservation, Restoration, and Resilience Planning.   

The actions outlined by the Coastal Resilience team focus on a regional response to coastal hazards, including to provide resilience assessment tools to Gulf Coast communities to understand the risks associated with coastal hazards and climate change. Other goals include to provide support to local communities through coastal adaptation planning and implementation, to develop case studies on lessons learned and/or best practices, and to improve risk communication techniques.

The Habitat Resources team is focused on increasing the availability and use of habitat assessment data, implementing living shorelines, supporting sediment management and beneficial use programs, and promoting the use of sea level rise and storm surge models.

The following adaptation strategies were identified for the cross-team initiative Conservation, Restoration, and Resilience Planning:

  • Coordinate existing conservation, restoration, and resiliency datasets to assist Gulf stakeholders in the drafting of a comprehensive adaptation and resilience plan
  • Deliver priority datasets of landscape drivers and response actions to resiliency, conservation, and restoration planning managers
  • Host workshops and practitioners forums for local communities on the application of science-based criteria to identify and prioritize conservation, restoration, and resiliency projects
  • Use wetlands dynamics models to demonstrate the ecological impacts of projected sea level rise on estuarine systems to communities
  • Promote consistent outputs from local community tools to assist regional planning and assessment


Publication Date: June 2016

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