Louisiana Water Synergy Project
For the past four years the US BCSD has been working with 23 diverse companies in the lower Mississippi River Basin to address a range of water supply, water quality, stormwater and coastal resiliency risks. Companies are working together to address water quality concerns through design of a Water Quality Trading Program, and have explored new options for wetlands restoration through changes in water management. Projects and policy recommendations have emerged that have been greeted with high interest by state and local agencies, academia, and NGOs. This multi-sector teaming demonstrates that there is considerable regional interest in using the speed and efficiency of market-based institutions to seek out ways of converting water problems into economic opportunities, and to developing a collective capacity for conserving watershed systems as both private and public goods.
Strategic Alliance with The Water Institute of the Gulf
The Water Institute of the Gulf and the US BCSD, two groups that have separately tackled a number of issues involving the protective role played by the region’s eroding wetlands and the importance of Louisiana’s water resources, are now joining forces to collaborate on applied research aimed at finding solutions to water challenges in the region and around the world.
Strategic Alliance with Restore the Earth Foundation
The US BCSD and Restore the Earth Foundation have formed a Strategic Alliance for landscape-scale restoration and a $1 million Collaborative Fund. The funds will be used to restore 1,000 acres at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area, Louisiana, the largest land area that provides the last line of defense protecting more than 250,000 people, including the United Houma Nation and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, from the threat of storms and land loss. The region is home to threatened and endangered species, commercial and recreational fisheries, and a rich diversity of wildlife and birds.
Louisiana Coastal Zone Game
A playable prototype simulation game to enable participants to explore and understand mutual interests, trade-offs, and consequences of potential decisions about funding resiliency projects. This game is designed to start conversations that lead to collaboration and action.