The Georgia Coast Collaborative (GCC) launched in 2017 as a network of non-profit organizations working to address the challenges facing Georgia’s coast.
The organizations that make up GCC include Altamaha Riverkeeper, Center for a Sustainable Coast, Georgia/Alabama Land Trust, Georgia Conservancy, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, One Hundred Miles, Satilla Riverkeeper, Savannah Riverkeeper, Southern Environmental Law Center, St. Simons Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy – Georgia Chapter. These organizations have dedicated full time staff and programs to promote and protect the special places, rivers, communities and the significance of Georgia’s coast.
While each group uses different tactics, GCC member organizations have expertise in one or more of the following tools – land conservation, project advocacy, policy advocacy, and legal enforcement and compliance. GCC members work in different ways and on different organizational goals but share a vision of the future where the quality of life along Georgia’s coast is secure.
“The Georgia Coast Collaborative: State of Coastal Conservation 2017” describes the vision and goals that all GCC member organizations share. These goals serve as organizing structure for this dashboard:
- Protect, connect, and enhance environments for coastal plants and animals to adapt to changes in sea level and benefit the community.
- Maintain thriving, working landscapes and waterfronts that support the sustainable production of food and fiber for our communities.
- Cultivate opportunities to enjoy and recreate in the special places and historic communities along Georgia’s coast.
- Promote economic development that respects natural environments and preserves the character of our coastal communities.
GCC’s collaborative efforts were recognized in 2019 when the Sapelo Foundation awarded the GCC with the 2019 Smith W. Bagley Advocacy Award.
The CRAB dashboard is an initiative of the GCC, made possible through the generous support of the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation. Several organizations led the research and conducted much of the analyses investigating the health of coastal Georgia assets – Altamaha Riverkeeper, One Hundred Miles, Satilla Riverkeeper, and Savannah Riverkeeper.