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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Case Study: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment
September 2016

In this case study, the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment and the Environmental Law Institute examine floodplain buyouts in Rocky Mount, North Carolina that were funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Back to list of floodplain buyout case studies Read More >

Case Study: Sayreville, New Jersey

University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment
September 2016

In this case study, the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment and the Environmental Law Institute examine floodplain buyouts in Sayreville, New Jersey that were funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Back to list of floodplain buyout case studies Read More >

Case Study: Wayne, NJ

University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment
September 2016

In this case study, the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment and the Environmental Law Institute examine floodplain buyouts funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in Wayne, New Jersey. Back to list of floodplain buyout case studies Read More >

Legal Tools for Strengthening Marine Protected Area Enforcement: A Handbook for

Legal Tools for Strengthening Marine Protected Area Enforcement: A Handbook for Developing Nations

Xiao Recio-Blanco, Bruce Myers, and Kathryn Mengerink
September 2016

Around the globe, nations are creating marine protected areas (MPAs) that prohibit some or all fishing and other potentially harmful activities. MPAs can allow sensitive habitats and ecosystems to prosper in a natural state and can enable recovery of commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries, among other benefits. All too often, however, MPAs exist only on paper, especially in developing nations. These countries may lack strong legal authority to enable enforcement in their MPAs, further limiting their ability to detect and prosecute offenses. Read More >

Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers

Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers

Carl Bruch, Kathryn Mengerink, Elana Harrison, Davonne Flanagan, Isabel Carey, Thomas Casey, Meggan Davis, Elizabeth Hessami, Joyce Lombardi, Norka Michelen, Colin Parts, Lucas Rhodes, Nikita West, and Sofia Yazykova
September 2016