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Funded Priority List 3b Proposals Publicly Available

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) announces the availability of the Funded Priorities List (FPL) 3b proposals for public viewing. The Council develops FPLs through collaboration among its members and with feedback from stakeholders across the Gulf. As a result of this collaborative process, the Council determined that developing FPL 3 using a phased approach would enable the Council to respond to ecosystem needs and take advantage of important partnership opportunities to advance large-scale ecosystem restoration in the near term.  


The Council voted to approve FPL 3a in February 2020, which included one ecosystem project in Louisiana and another in Alabama. In March 2020, the Council solicited proposals for potential funding under Bucket 2 in the second phase of the Council’s Funded Priority List 3, referred to as FPL 3b. In developing FPL 3b, the Council is adhering to the FPL development processes committed to by the Council, particularly as they relate to the use of the best available science (BAS), public engagement and transparency, and the Council’s 2019 Planning Framework. In FPL 3b, the Council is considering proposals that address additional ecosystem needs across the Gulf of Mexico.


Additionally, the Council will consider priority restoration activities of federally recognized tribes (tribes) that have lands of interest in the Gulf. Tribes may develop and propose their own restoration projects in coordination with a federal Council member. Though only Council members may submit project proposals and receive Bucket 2 funds, federal Council members may also submit proposals on behalf of these tribes. 


All proposals received prior to the deadline, along with their associated abstracts and proposal packages (which include, but not limited to Council Staff comments, sponsor’s response to those comments, external BAS comments and member responses, and Internal BAS panel discussion) are available. The public is encouraged to become familiar with these documents in advance of the Council releasing the draft FPL 3b for public comment and review later in 2020. The Council anticipates voting on the draft FPL 3b in spring of 2021.


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Funded Priorities List 3b Proposals (including Abstracts and Proposal Packages)

FPL 3b Proposal Submission and Review Process

RESTORE Council: 10 Year Commemoration Report

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Keala J. Hughes

Director of External Affairs & Tribal Relations

(504) 717-7235