The first national living shorelines summit recently brought together experts and practitioners from around the county to share lessons learned and new ideas.
The event, Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative Approaches, Connected Community was held in Hartford, Connecticut, on Dec. 1-2, 2015, and was led by Restore America’s Estuaries and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation.
On the first day, panels of experts kicked off the event with the following topics:
- Science and Ecosystem Services
- Policy, Permitting and Regulation
- Outreach, Education and Engagement
- Valuation and Innovative Financing
During the second day, attendees divided into regional groups to continue discussions that focused on the needs and opportunities within their region. The regional sessions included: Great Lakes, Northeast (New York to Maine), Mid-Atlantic (Virginia to New Jersey), Southeast (North Carolina to Florida), Gulf Coast and West Coast.
I had the opportunity to participate in the Gulf Coast group where we discussed funding opportunities that may arise through Deepwater Horizon restoration funding, as well as a focused discussion on localized challenges and strategies for going forward.
A summary report of the entire two-day event will be available to the public early next year.