What can be done to advance CONSERVATION and RESTORATION of coastal wetlands at a global scale?
Please join us for this interactive workshop to learn more and provide input!
Monday, 10 September - 7:00-9:00PM
Room: Halla B
Food and beverages will be served beginning at 6:30 PM
Coastal habitats such as mangroves, shellfish reefs, tidal flats and salt marshes are the engines of prosperity for coastal communities. They are simultaneously some of the most imperilled and degraded ecosystems on earth. People depend on these habitats for food and, in some instances even protection from storms, but coastal habitats continue to be damaged by an array of acute and chronic stressors. As more people live in coastal areas, the loss of these habitats is expected to accelerate, with local, regional and even global consequences.
In addition to more proactive conservation policies, restoration of degraded habitats is an element of marine conservation that demands more attention. The science and practice of coastal wetland habitat restoration is still developing, but despite the apparent differences between habitats from an ecological perspective, there are likely some important similarities that can help to propel all restoration efforts. Workshop participants will help to identify these similarities and provide recommendations for advancing restoration and conservation at a global scale.