ADAPTING TO INCREASED RISK: FORUM AT NICHOLLS EXAMINES COASTAL RESILIENCY
Thibodaux, LA – The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), in partnership with BHP and Resource Environmental Solutions (RES), today convened community, business and civic leaders at the Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum held at Nicholls State University to face the challenges of adapting to higher land loss predictions and rising sea levels.
“In this region where I grew up, the effects of the rising tide and the land loss it brings show impacts on a daily basis,” Valsin Marmillion, AWF managing director, said. “In South Louisiana we count our years by the generations of families who have given the unique culture to the area, be they the first people, Native Americans, or those with French or African roots.This forum asks the question as the first climate refugees emerge, ‘How do we adapt to a changing ecosystem to remain a viable community?'”
“As a company with deep Louisiana roots, we are proud to be part of this effort to encourage and ensure the private sector plays a meaningful role in an ‘all of the above’ strategy to fund and implement projects that protect our coastal wetlands,” Elliott Bouillion, RES CEO, said. “The timing is right, as we’re seeing the ‘three legs of the stool’ in place – an exchange of projects compatible with communities’ master plans; a business community that is maturing its approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) investments; and an experienced ecological restoration industry that can implement large, complex projects efficiently.”