Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan (Gulf-Houston RCP) is a long-term collaborative of environmental, business, and governmental entities working together to implement an ecosystem resilience plan for the Eight-County Gulf-Houston region. The 8 counties in the RCP are: Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller County
In addition to providing the only online interactive database of all targeted nature-based infrastructure projects taking place in the region, the three key goals of the RCP include: (1) Increasing the current 9.7% in protected/preserved land in the eight-county region to 24% of land coverage by 2040, (2) Increasing and supporting the region-wide land management efforts to install nature-based stabilization techniques, such as low-impact development, living shorelines, and bioswales, to 50% of land coverage by 2040, and (3) providing research and advocacy for an increase of 0.4% annually in air quality offsets through carbon absorption in native soils, plants, trees, and oyster reefs throughout the eight county region.
Thousands of individuals, hundreds of businesses and every government agency in this 8-county region is a part of the Gulf-Houston RCP data collection and achievement goals in one or more ways. For example, various organizations are part of the 9.7% in current or future protected/preserved land in the 8-county region through creation and maintenance of parks, natural areas, riparian corridors, detention basins, reservoirs, etc). Individuals and organizations who work or live in an area that have installed nature-based stabilization techniques on their property through green infrastructure technieques, bioswales, or other native plantings are contributing to nature-based community resilience. And, individuals, organizations and institutions that are adding more native trees, plants and living shorelines to our region are engaging in carbon sequestration annually.