Gulf of Mexico Community Workshops
In preparing the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Governors’ Action Plan [pdf - 1.47 MB], it was recognized early on that citizen input was necessary for identifying priority issues and building support for on-the-ground change. A series of Community Workshops were held across the five Gulf States, attempting to:
While the workshop series was interrupted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Gulf States managed to conduct eight workshops in the five Gulf States prior to the release of the Action Plan. And most importantly, input received at the Community Workshops has been incorporated into the Governors' Action Plan.
» Federal/State Gulf Alliance Conference
On June 9th 2005, top environmental officials from the White House and five neighboring states gathered strengthen protection for the Gulf of Mexico. Hosted by Florida, the five Gulf states and the federal government outlined a shared ecosystem-based approach for improving the health of the more than 3.7 billion acres of Gulf water through coordinated coastal research, ocean education and water quality safeguards.
Surrounded by the pristine estuarine waters of Rookery Bay in Naples, the environmental leaders discussed strategies to expand existing regional partnerships for protecting the Gulf. The renewed alliance between the Gulf states is part of coordinated response to President George W. Bush’s Ocean Action Plan, which called for the development of regional goals and priorities for safeguarding the nation’s oceans and pointed to the Gulf of Mexico alliance as a model for other coastal areas.
From the June 9th meeting:
Brainstorming and discussion groups were excellent ideas, along with the commitment to carry resulting concerns/ ideas forward into reports and state and federal government.
State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit, March 28-30, 2006
The State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit 2006 was scheduled for March 28 – 30, 2006. The Summit was a major step toward creating awareness of those issues that lead to a sustainable quality of life based on sound economies and healthy and productive marine ecosystems. The goal of The Summit was to focus attention, discussion and collaborative action on achieving sustainable economies and environmental quality within the Gulf of Mexico Region.
For more information visit State of the Gulf Mexico Summit 2006 or see our event summary.