Why care about restoration of the US Gulf Coast?
The Gulf Coast has been hit hard in recent years by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and Isaac, as well as the BP oil spill. These blows have devastated a region that is home to some of the most vulnerable communities in the country, as well as vital and fragile ecosystems. The Gulf Coast has national significance as well, hosting 13 of the 20 largest ports by tonnage and providing 30 percent of the country’s seafood, including more than 70 percent of the shrimp and oysters.
What we’re doing
Oxfam is working with a broad coalition of community and environmental organizations to find the best ways to restore the environment and the economy, and to increase resiliency and build community strength.
Stories & video
The New Pornographers and Oxfam collaborate to bring you their new video for the song "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk," featuring local residents still reeling from the BP oil spill.
Learn how four communities around the world are fighting back against climate change, and how you can help.
Leaving home in advance of a storm is costly and exhausting. Facing the prospect of having to do it more than once in short order makes some residents think twice.
Oxfam's local partner TRAC is joining hands with other agencies to ensure that hurricane Gustav recovery efforts are fair, coordinated, and forward-thinking.
New index is a single measure of well-being for all Americans based on indicators in three key areas: health, education and income.
Using money earmarked for housing restoration is not the way to pay for a port expansion—not when hurricane victims still have no real homes to move into.
A new concept takes shape and offers hope for residents of the Gulf that future hurricanes might inflict less, if any, property damage.
Gulf Coast women join together to talk about what was happening in their community, what issues and problems they faced, and how these could be addressed.
Oxfam in the news
Nola Times-Picayune, Dec 07, 2012 - Op ed by Oxfam America's Jeffrey Buchanan on the oil spill’s effect on people and communities.
Sep 03, 2013 -
US Gulf Coast Recovery in-depth
These publications form the foundation of the campaign
In this report, Oxfam America and the Center for American Progress honor the resiliency of the people of the Gulf Coast and propose a plan to restore the region building on existing assets and leveraging incoming federal funding to spark innovation and collaboration, putting local communities to work.