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Newsroom: 2005

CNREP Begins Hurricane Recovery Activities
(December 12, 2005)

CNREP personnel from all disciplines have been participating in the analysis, assessment, and recovery planning that have been taking place in Louisiana following the devastating late-summer hurricanes of 2005. While the initial post-storm estimates of damage to the state's agricultural and natural resources runs into the billions of dollars, the actual replacement of infrastructure and the rebuilding of industries requires a detailed examination of the extent and location of the damage, as well as consideration for how rebuilding efforts should be prioritized and sited. Work in the coming months will prove critical to the long-term success of Louisiana's recovery efforts, with CNREP researchers and outreach professionals intimately involved in all aspects of this work.


CNREP Approved by Board of Supervisors
(October 10, 2005)

Following a highly successful 18 months of initial operation, the Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy (CNREP) recently received administrative approval from the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors to operate as an official LSU System center. CNREP, by fostering the interaction of economic, social, and policy professionals to address natural resource and environmental problems, provides state and federal policy makers with an LSU-based source of research and outreach support that are critical to address problems associated with scarce natural resources and the environment. Specific program areas within CNREP include, but are not limited, to: 1) Bioeconomics of Energy Use; 2) Wetland Valuation and Economic Linkages; 3) Economic Management of Fisheries; 4) Human Dimensions of Wildlife Habitat Conservation; 5) Economics of Forest Management and Product Development; and 6) Socioeconomics of Land and Water Policy.


Funding Tops $1.7 Million
(October 8, 2005)

CNREP personnel have been active in their pursuit of short-term (sponsored grants) and long-term (institutional, foundation) funding to support the center's resource and environmental economics programs. Recent funding activities have generated over $1.74 million in new funding commitments through 2009, and an additional $2.89 million in proposals are pending. Current national sponsors include the National Sea Grant College Program, National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Gulf and Atlantic Fisheries Foundation. State sponsors of research and outreach projects include the Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, and the Coastal Restoration & Enhancement through Science & Technology (CREST) program. Details of many of the funded projects can be obtained through the navigational links on the left side of this page.


CNREP Helps Coordinate Presidents' Forum
(September 25, 2005)

CNREP Director Dr. Rex H. Caffey is coordinating, along with various campuses of the LSU System, a series of meetings called the Presidents’ Forum on Meeting Coastal Challenges. The first of these forums, held in January 2005, attracted more than 160 scientists and government officials who met to discuss priorities for research on the socioeconomic challenges faced by coastal residents and industries. The second Presidents’ Forum, to be held in the spring of 2006, will address specific issues related to the hurricane devastation that occurred along the Gulf of Mexico coast.


Biocomplexity Project Funded
(September 10, 2005)

In conjuction with Cornell University, University of New Hampshire, University of Illinois, and the World Resources Institute, CNREP researcher Dr. John Westra received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to examine linkages between human and biogeochemical processes in agricultural landscapes. This funding is provided by the NSF program: Biocomplexity in the Environment: Integrated Research and Education in Environmental Systems, Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems.

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