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Nature-Based Climate Solutions

Friday September 25, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual Event

How should we plan for a future with a growing population, an increase in food production, rising seas and uncontrollable wildfires? Concrete sea wall or a living shoreline with a dynamic oyster reef? Advanced water filtration systems or restored wetlands? Carbon storage technology or health forests?

Nature-based solutions are actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges, such as climate change, food and water security or natural disasters. Nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based approaches have gained momentum within the last decade as an addition to conventional engineering solutions as these holistic approaches can effectively provide human well-being, and positively impact biodiversity and ecosystem health. 

How can these natural solutions be embraced by planners and policy-makers on a local, regional and national scale? How exactly can a restored wetland provide societal benefits in a fair and equitable way? How does ecosystem health entice funding? Join the MES/MSAG Graduate Advisory Board as we discuss nature-based adaptation with experts in the field! 

Speakers

Stephanie Chiorean

Environmental Scientist and Planner Philadelphia Water Department

Eileen Shader

Director of River Restoration American Rivers

Sarah Murdock

Director of US Climate Resilience and Water Policy The Nature Conservancy