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Sea Grant Partners on Presidents’ Coastal Forum
Posted: 2/21/05

Louisiana Sea Grant, along with the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Systems Office, recently embarked on a new initiative designed to improve and expand partnerships between university scientists and parish government officials. The first meeting in this initiative, the Presidents’ Forum on Meeting Coastal Challenges, was held on Jan. 25, 2005, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU Baton Rouge campus. Approximately 120 scientists, policy makers and local officials met to discuss ways to redouble and redirect university resources towards more near-term challenges resulting from Louisiana’s of coastal land loss crisis.

The meeting featured two panels of speakers. The first panel of five university scientists provided an update on specific issues related to coastal land loss, hurricane vulnerability, subsidence, spatial data and economics. The second panel consisted of 12 members of the organization Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (PACE), who made specific recommendations for developing a research agenda that is more responsive to short-term, socioeconomic challenges faced by coastal residents and industries. A complete transcript of these comments, along with copies of the technical presentations, and other information can be obtained from the Louisiana Sea Grant site at http://www.laseagrant.org/forum/index.html

For additional information about this initiative, please contact Rex Caffey at (225) 578-2266 (rcaffey@agctr.lsu.edu) or Mike Liffmann at (225) 578-6290 (mikelif@lsu.edu).

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