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Projects are case studies representing a wide range of geographic locations, ecosystems, planning processes, tools, and outcomes.

  • Alternatives for Coastal Development: Case Study from Coastal Georgia

    Providing for residential growth, fostering economic development, and protecting natural resources requires a delicate balance between the built and nonbuilt environment. A variety of factors come into play, including land values, the abundance of natural resources, real estate market trends, demographics, local ordinances, and community character.

    St. Mary's Georgia, USA, St. Mary's (Camden County), GA
    community development scenarios,

  • Coastal Storms Initiative: Florida Pilot Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Tool

    The primary aim of the project was, and is, to assist emergency managers, planners, the public, and others in their efforts to reduce hazard vulnerabilities through awareness and education, hazard mitigation, and comprehensive land-use and development planning.

    Brevard and Volusia Counties, FL
  • Collaborative learning and land use tools to support community based ecosystem management

    This project uses Collaborative Learning (Daniels and Walker, 2001) and land use planning tools (EBM Network, 2006) to connect the practice of ecosystem management to municipal land use decision-making.

    Sanford, ME
  • Colorado Community Wildfire Protection Plans

    A century of fire suppression on Colorado’s Front Range has left many communities vulnerable to wildfire. As fire experts, land managers, politicians, and those communities began to appreciate the magnitude of the challenges, they increasingly looked for more sophisticated ways to reduce risk to human lives and homes and better approaches for allocating scarce resources to these efforts.

    Various communities across the Front Range and western Colorado, CO
    community wildfire protection plans

  • Conservation Needs Assessment and F-TRAC

    Florida Antural Areas Inventory (FNAI) has conducted a statewide analysis of natural resource conservation priorities for the Florida Forever program. The Inventory created or compiled GIS data layers for rare species habitat, natural communities, ecological greenways, large landscapes, significant surface waters, natural floodplain, functional wetlands, aquifer recharge, coastal resources, cultural resources, recreation, and sustainable forestry.

    conservation needs assessment,
    conservation priorities

  • Conserving pattern and process in the Southern Ocean: designing a Marine Protected Area for the Prince Edward Islands

    South Africa is currently proclaiming a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of its sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. The objectives of the MPA are to: 1) contribute to a national and global representative system of MPAs 2) serve as a scientific reference point to inform future management 3) contribute to the recovery of the Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) 4) reduce the bird bycatch of the toothfish fishery, particularly of albatrosses and petrels.

    sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands, South Africa,
    marine reserve design,
    pattern and process,
    systematic conservation planning

  • Consideration of marine costs in MPA network design

    Traditional methods of creating marine cost layers have included mapping current use by surveys of fishing activities. This includes either mapping catch per unit effort of one industry such as Stewart et al (2003) with rock lobster or mapping current fleet use such as Richardson et al (2006).

    Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, Kubulau District,
    conservation planning,
    fish abundance models,
    marine protected areas,
    opportunity costs

  • Creating Resilient Communities Initiative in South Carolina

    We know that our coastal communities are vulnerable to hazards such as hurricanes, storm surge and flooding. In the future, climate change may make impacts from these hazards even worse.

    Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties, SC
  • Demonstrating Ecosystem-Based Management on Long Island, New York: Decision Support for Coastal Hazard Mitigation and Biodiversity Conservation

    More than seven million people live on low-lying Long Island, which is at risk of inundation from sea level rise and coastal flooding. Barrier beaches, dunes, and wetlands provide critical habitats for natural communities, while also serving as buffers against storm surge for human communities.

    A section of the southern coast of Suffolk County on Long Island, New York, NY
    biodiversity conservation,
    coastal hazard mitigation,
    decision support,
    ecosystem-based management

  • Development and application of the Marine InVEST tool by the Natural Capital Project

    The Marine Team of the Natural Capital Project began a 2-year program to develop a suite of spatially-explicit ecosystem service models- the marine InVEST tool, and to apply the tool to a specific policy question in the British Columbia or California coastal marine ecosystem.

    British Columbia coastal marine ecosystems,
  • Ecological and Economic Analyses of Marine Ecosytems in the Bird's Head Seascape, Papua, Indonesia

    A growing awareness of the decline in ecosystem health and the depletion of resources world-wide has led researchers to explore the use of ecosystem-based management (EBM), an approach that integrates ecological, social, and economic goals, and explicitly recognizes humans as key components within an ecosystem.

    Bird's Head Seascape,
  • Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Project

    The Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Project is a collaborative effort to develop and implement strategies to conserve and restore estuarine habitats in the Elkhorn Slough watershed.

    Elkhorn Slough Estuary, CA