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Principal Associate, Environment & Natural Resources

Karim Belhadjali specializes in long-term planning of complex coastal ecosystem restoration and storm flood risk reduction projects. He has spent 15 years working on these projects in Louisiana and currently manages Abt's Baton Rouge office.

Before joining Abt, Belhadjali held multiple positions at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, including program manager for the State of Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan. He led a multidisciplinary team of more than 60 scientists, geologists, economists and engineers working on this innovative approach to climate change adaptation. He also managed the award-winning 2012 Coastal Master Plan, based on a two-year analysis involving some of the state’s best scientists, as well as national and international specialists.

Earlier in his career in Louisiana, he was a supervisor and scientist in the Coastal Restoration Division of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. In these roles he managed the division's information management system and evaluated the likelihood of success of different measures for 11 federally funded coastal ecosystem restoration projects, among other work.

Belhadjali, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tuvalu, worked on fisheries resource assessment, inshore fisheries development, coastal resource conservation and ciguatera monitoring, and he provided advice for the sustainable management of fisheries resources, among other issues.


  • Coastal restoration
  • Wetlands
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Fisheries
Karim Belhadjali