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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership - Natural Resource Policy & Economics Action Team

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Natural Resource Policy & Economics Action Team

Overview          Team Accomplishments           Meetings          Members

 APNEP is in the process of forming this team.  If you are interested in participating or finding out more, contact APNEP Policy and Engagement Manager Stacey Feken at stacey.feken@apnep.org.

 

Overview

Members of APNEP’s Natural Resource Policy & Economics Action Team will pursue collaborative inititatives aligned with the following APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) objectives and actions:

Action A3.1: Assess the effectiveness of policies and regulations to minimize wetland loss. Wetlands are extremely valuable habitats, providing flood protection and filtering runoff. Policies should support the preservation, maintenance, restoration, and creation of ecologically functional wetlands.
 
Outputs: Recommendations for improved wetland protection
Results: Information to support better resource management decisions
 
Action A3.2: Assess the effectiveness of policies and regulations regarding riparian buffers. Riparian buffers reduce runoff into the estuarine system and provide other ecosystem services; however, buffer requirements differ throughout the region. Further study of the issue can help demonstrate the costs and benefits of buffer rules, allowing for optimal investment in this conservation strategy.
 
Outputs: Recommendations for improved riparian protection
Results: Information to support better resource management decisions
 
Action B2.3: Facilitate the development of incentives for protection and management of targeted natural communities and habitats. APNEP will facilitate the development and use of incentives to implement conservation easements and other conservation tools. An emphasis for protection will be placed on inland and coastal wetlands, primary nurseries, floodplain riparian areas, wetland buffers, and Significant Natural Heritage Areas.
 
Outputs: New incentives for land protection
Results: Increase in acres of protected lands
 
Action D3.1: Develop and implement a strategy to improve decision-makers’ understanding of the costs and benefits of environmental protection, restoration, planning, and monitoring. While the costs of environmental protection are easy to see on a balance sheet, the benefits can be harder to quantify. APNEP will work with its partners to provide science-based information to government officials regarding the value of ecosystem services and help them incorporate this information into the decision-making process.
 
Outputs: Communication strategy and materials on ecosystem services
Results: Informed decisions for environmental management
 
Action D3.3: Provide assistance to state, regional, and local governments to incorporate climate change and sea level rise considerations into their planning processes. APNEP and its partners have made significant strides predicting and mapping future climate risks, but much work remains to be done. APNEP will support government partners that choose to integrate climate information into their planning process. Additionally, APNEP will work across sectors to identify and leverage mutually beneficial climate adaptation opportunities.
 
Outputs: State, regional, and local plans that address climate change and sea level rise
Results: Improved climate resiliency for human and natural communities in the region.
 

For a more detailed explanation of these actions, APNEP’s CCMP can be found here.

RESOURCES: 

Please contact APNEP staff if you are interested in participating or have project ideas for the team:  

APNEP staff support:  (primary),

 

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