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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.

Law and Governance Toolkit for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries: Best Regulator

Law and Governance Toolkit for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries: Best Regulatory Practices

December 2020

Over the last couple of decades, ocean stewardship efforts have turned to focus on several key approaches, such as the implementation of sustainable fisheries practices, including small-scale fisheries (SSF) co-management. This Toolkit presents a methodology for assessing the reform needs to strengthen SSF governance, along with examples of model regulatory language for the core governance elements. Read More >

Citizen Science Programs at Environmental Agencies: Best Practices

Citizen Science Programs at Environmental Agencies: Best Practices

Kasantha Moodley and George Wyeth
October 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charting a new pathway for the use of citizen science. In recent years, the EPA has played an active role in sharing knowledge of and promoting the use of citizen science at state, tribal, and local environmental agencies. A new agency-wide strategy for citizen science is presently under development. To help inform this strategy, the EPA recognized the need to learn about the uptake of citizen science at state, tribal and local environmental agencies and to determine current best practices. Read More >

Citizen Science Programs at Environmental Agencies: Case Studies

Citizen Science Programs at Environmental Agencies: Case Studies

Kasantha Moodley and George Wyeth
October 2020

The ability of the public to collect and report reliable data on local conditions has great potential for strengthening environmental protection and supporting the work of environmental agencies. Citizen science can be used to fill information gaps, define research agendas, monitor environmental changes, and define the concerns of environmental justice communities. Increasingly, environmental agencies at the state, tribal, and local level are developing new citizen science approaches. Read More >

Enabling Citizen Science Programs at Environmental Agencies: Recommendations to

Enabling Citizen Science Programs at Environmental Agencies: Recommendations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kasantha Moodley and George Wyeth
October 2020

This paper outlines key issue areas and makes strategic recommendations to the U.S. EPA and their partners on how to facilitate the uptake of citizen science and sustain its use across state, tribal and local environmental agencies and their programs. Read More >

Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance: Inuit Role in Managing Arctic Marine Resou

Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance: Inuit Role in Managing Arctic Marine Resources

Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska
September 2020

Inuit are at the forefront of the drastic changes taking place in the Arctic. As the world community increasingly turns its focus to the Arctic, it is important to ensure that Inuit Food Sovereignty is a priority in every context. Western management systems overlaid on top of traditional Inuit practices often take a different approach, sometimes grounded in historical discrimination. Read More >