The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) serves as a respected Gulf Coast voice for preserving the economic, environmental, energy and community assets of the region. By providing a balanced, innovative forum for consensus building, the Foundation develops sustainability solutions for America's Energy Coast.
Since its inception, the Foundation and its partners have been able to grow public support through balanced messages that grow public support for conservation and focus national and world attention on the value of wetlands and coastal concerns for the Gulf Coast and globally. Its steadfast message that America's WETLAND and America's Energy Coast are of world ecological significance and key to domestic economic and energy security continue to drive a growing portfolio of Gulf coastal, national and international successes. Here are some projects we have in progress.
America's Energy Coast (AEC) is an initiative of the America's WETLAND Foundation. AEC is a diverse group of major businesses and industries, national environmental and conservation organizations, scientists and researchers and coastal interests from across the four energy-producing states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama - collectively known as America's Energy Coast.
The Honorary Leadership Council for the America's Energy Coast Initiative has agreed to help lead the initiative and provide valuable counsel to the effort as we educate the public of the importance of balanced national dialogue about America's energy future. To sign up to be a member of the council, click www.americaswetland.com/HLC.
The Foundation will assist the Texas General Land Office, The Texas Railroad Commission, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with developing a public awareness effort to strengthen and sustain the energy and environmental assets with a message of Strong Coast - Strong Texas. Themed TEXAS: STAR OF AMERICA'S ENERGY COAST, the campaign will empower local coastal communities, leverage outreach opportunities and utilize print and electronic media strategies to increase news coverage to educate the public and engender support for sustaining the coastal landscapes, barrier islands, estuaries and waterways.
America's WETLAND Foundation, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, the Viet Nam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in conjunction with our many partners, held DELTAS2013VIETNAM: World Deltas Dialogues II on May 19-23, 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City.
DELTAS2013 was a unique gathering in Ho Chi Minh City of global representatives from the many sectors and political circles discussing solutions to some of the most acute challenges facing Vietnam and its delta, the broader Mekong River system and major deltas and watersheds worldwide. Participants at the conference approved a Communiqué of Understanding affirming the need for cooperation among peoples to save the world's great deltas.
Please visit the DELTAS2013 site (www.deltas2013.com) to review and download the presentations from the conference. You can also find photos, the program and the Communiqué of Cooperation there.
Chaired by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, THE BIG RIVER WORKS increased cooperation along the Mississippi River by outlining the key issues that must be addressed by comprehensive river management. Subsequent forums in Memphis, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Chicago focused on navigation, flood control, economic value and water quality.