Habitat conservation plans are a means for private landowners to comply with the Endangered Species Act. Increasingly, local governments are creating region-wide habitat conservation plans that cover development from multiple projects because they recognize that these plans can increase economic certainty for residents, increase development, and potentially increase conservation. A new Nicholas Institute working paper uses five case studies to identify the factors and processes that lead to the successful completion of a county- or region-wide habitat conservation plan.
The Nicholas Institute has launched a search for its next Climate and Energy Program director. A search committee comprised of Nicholas Institute staff and Duke faculty will lead the expedited search. "We are at an incredibly important point in global climate and energy policy," said Nicholas Institute director Profeta. "This opening allows for someone to lead a team that plays a role in critical environmental debates centered around the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations, the transition of the future electric grid, and next steps for U.S. climate policy."
Tim Profeta has been reappointed to a third five-year term as director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Provost Sally Kornbluth announced.
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Fisheries Reforms Could Create $344 Million in Extra Revenue: World Bank

Better management of Pacific tuna fisheries could allow countries to gain as much as $344 million in extra revenue per year and could create as many as 15,000 jobs by the year 2040, according to a new World Bank report co-authored by the Nicholas Institute's Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin. In an interview with ABC Pacific Beat, Virdin says it's important for the region to build on the hard work that's already been done to reform fisheries. Read the publication.
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Radio New Zealand, World Bank Says Pacific Can Earn Much More from Tuna

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