UPDATE: THE SITE IS NOW LIVE!
On August 19, 2014, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance signed a memorandum of agreement with The Trust for Public Land, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to further develop GOMA’s restoration project map site into a much more robust project information system called the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker. The Tracker will be a comprehensive web portal for accessing maps and key information about projects funded by Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlements, including those awarded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, the Restoration Trust Fund, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration, and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
Current and user-friendly, it will be the most complete picture of the location, type, and scope of projects funded by the settlements. Each snapshot will include a brief project description, a project contact, and a link to access detailed project information. Currently in development, an early version of the DWH Project Tracker is accessible from the Gulf Restoration page of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s website www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a regional partnership of state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, academia, and businesses that facilitates collaboration around issues of regional importance. The Trust for Public Land, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities are key partners, comprising the team of technical experts in geo-spatial analysis and financial database management for the project. The unique team has extensive experience building databases and tracking financial information, including creating the National Conservation Easement Database.
The DWH Project Tracker brings multiple benefits to support organizations and those interested in restoration around the Gulf of Mexico. Benefits will include:
- The tracker will provide more Information. The Tracker will be comprehensive to all settlement programs and include financial information.
- The tracker will be Interactive. The Tracker will contain a geo-spatial aspect allowing users to search the map. A reporting feature will allow users to download GIS project information.
- The Tracker will provide the ability to Plan and Act strategically. Reliable geo-spatial snapshots of restoration and recovery projects will help organizations quickly assess where and how to focus their work for maximum environmental and economic benefit.
- The Tracker will enhance Collaboration. A readily accessible map of projects will facilitate collaboration among agencies, organizations, and states.
- The Tracker will provide needed Transparency. An easy-to-navigate online web portal will make it easy to see which projects are being implemented and where they are located.
- The Tracker will provide the ability to quickly Track and Assess progress. Search and summary tools will aggregate project information and calculate key statistics, allowing users to efficiently track progress by location, project type, or funding organization.
Partners will provide development updates over the coming months. It is anticipated the Tracker will be fully functional in spring 2015.