In addition to Gulf States and the Federal Workgroup, the Alliance relies heavily on non-governmental partners, such as academic organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Whether piloting new programs, or implementing full-scale efforts, these partners provide the talent and resources to implement on-the-ground projects. These partners have aligned their goals to those of the Alliance in order to create tangible results, thereby realizing the potential for change associated with a grand-scale collaborative effort such as the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
Academic Partners | The academic community is a critical partner for addressing Alliance priorities in the Gulf region. In addition to expertise, innovation, and science capacities, universities educate the next generation of scientists and engineers required to support a healthy, sustain Gulf environment and economy. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance works closely with academic partners who actively support and participate in Priority Issue Teams, co-sponsor Alliance meetings, and share our news.
Non-governmental Partners | Non-governmental organizations are another important sector to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. Many participate in the Priority Issue Teams and work together on Alliance-sponsored projects. Non-governmental organization partners include those that focus on:
- natural resource management, restoration, and protection;
- social and environmental justice;
- environmental advocacy;
- coastal resilience;
- education and outreach; and
- workforce development.
These partners bring to the Alliance a stronger link to local communities and a variety of skills such as research and monitoring capabilities, project implementation, communication expertise, and funding opportunity development.
Business Partners | Business and industry involvement are important to successfully achieving the Alliance’s goal of healthy ecosystems and economies. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Business Advisory Council (BAC) facilitates communication between Alliance Management and the diverse group of industries that are dependent upon the common resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance established the BAC to partner with business members on priority issues and regional intiatives as well as to deepen a sense of stewardship in the Gulf of Mexico. The BAC consists of representatives of the following industries:
- commercial and recreational fishing;
- oil and gas;
- seafood processing;
- transportation (including shipping and harbors)
- utilities/energy (including power generation and alternative sources).