Across the world, coastlines are the frontlines in global climate change. From Louisiana’s Gulf Coast to the shores of Virginia to the rice-growing deltas of Myanmar, we’re working to reverse wetlands loss and strengthen the resilience of coastal communities in a warming world.
Louisiana’s formerly vast wetlands have been eroding for decades, making New Orleans and coastal communities more vulnerable to hurricanes and oil spills. This disappearing coastline endangers a $23 billion fishing industry, the nation’s most significant port complex, key oil and gas infrastructure, and habitat for tens of millions of migrating birds.
Nurture the growing coastal restoration industry to bolster economic diversification in the Gulf Coast, restore lost land, and create a resilient future.
Virginia’s Hampton Roads region has the highest rate of relative sea level rise on the Atlantic Coast and a growing list of flood-damaged properties. This poses serious consequences to the area—on federal facilities, the private sector, and tourism.
Address the immediate impact of recurrent flooding through local and municipal-level action. Where possible, make connections between urban water, coastal issues, and economic drivers such as financing and insurance.
In the coming decades, as developing countries open up to international trade and investment, economic development will place strain on ecological systems—especially along coasts and waterways—affecting millions of people reliant on these natural resources.
Thoughtful, integrated planning is needed to protect both natural resources and the livelihoods of rural communities. Convene key stakeholders and inform decision-makers to develop institutional frameworks that factor in the negative social and ecological effects of development.