Our coastal land loss crisis demands a focused and coordinated effort by all stakeholders: government, academia, non-governmental organizations, citizens, and others across the state and nation who enjoy the many benefits Louisiana’s coast provides.
The CPRA is building these inclusive, collaborative partnerships as we work to build a sustainable coast that protects our communities, America’s critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources.
The nearly two million people who call Coastal Louisiana home are its greatest resource. They understand our land loss crisis better than anyone else, and the CPRA has actively drawn upon this valuable local knowledge and firsthand perspective.
Our success requires these citizens and communities to offer their ideas as planning proceeds and to make informed decisions about living and working in south Louisiana. Collaborating with community stakeholders will help us to identify solutions that work best for their unique coastal communities.
In 2012, a Community Focus Group was established to help the state identify concerns, conflicts, and strategies for moving forward with key projects and programs in the Coastal Master Plan.
Universities and research institutions around the world play a critical role in our effort to make the best and most up-to-date science and engineering the foundation of our work.
While the bulk of the scientific and academic work is conducted in-state by excellent Louisiana institutions, outside entities are essential in the peer-review process. Continued research efforts, feedback, and guidance from these groups are invaluable to our planning and implementation efforts.
The challenges facing coastal Louisiana affect not only local citizens, but also the nation. The large-scale solutions to these challenges demand collaboration and commitment from various entities across all levels of government.
Local, parish and state officials help to organize and facilitate citizen input throughout the planning process and help to identify secure sources of funding.
Louisiana’s congressional delegation is also central in highlighting the accomplishments and unmet needs of our coastal program within the federal government. Through outreach to federal lawmakers, the CPRA helps to influence national policies affecting coastal.
The work of the CPRA also helps to protect nationally significant energy and transportation resources, and we assist federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in achieving ecological goals.
South Louisiana is home to a vibrant industrial sector with an abundance of natural resources including fisheries, agriculture, forestry, and oil and natural gas. It’s no surprise that coastal Louisiana is an economic engine for the state and the country.
The CPRA understands that economic stability, good jobs, and safety for workers and businesses in South Louisiana are a key component to a sustainable coast.
In order to integrate the perspectives of those in key business sectors, several focus groups were established during the planning process for the 2012 Coastal Master Plan. The focus groups represent key coastal industries: ports and navigation, fisheries, and oil and gas.
These groups continue to meet on a regular basis to provide insight on issues facing their respective industries and to explore productive options for the coast.
Local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community groups play an important role in the stewardship and promotion of Louisiana’s vibrant natural ecosystems.
Plus, they represent and provide a voice to key groups of stakeholders, such as recreational sportsmen, naturalists, and others living and working across coastal Louisiana.
The CPRA’s protection and restoration goals align with and are supported by many of these groups. Through continued engagement and education efforts, our common goal of a sustainable coastal Louisiana is more attainable. Together we have faced the challenges of recovering and rebuilding after devastating calamities, and together is how we must face the future.
Planning, designing and implementing large-scale coastal restoration and protection projects require a variety of expertise. The professionals that assist the CPRA in conducting day-to-day activities are an integral part of the effort to save coastal Louisiana.
As more projects move forward towards construction, additional help will be needed. Information about upcoming opportunities is located on the Doing Business with CPRA section of this website.