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Climate-smart coastal planning and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Earth Day Event

Event Details:

Thursday, April 22, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am PDT



This event is open to:

General Public

Join us for a special Earth Day Natural Capital Conversation! Coastal communities worldwide are facing a growing number of severe coastal hazards due to warming oceans, extreme heat, and other effects of climate change. The Caribbean shores of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras are no exception to these threats, but they also hold a diverse and productive natural environment that can help buffer impacts to communities. The region is home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere—just one example of key natural capital that can help reduce disaster risk, secure local food resources, and support economic development. But for people to benefit from nature, coastal management decision-makers must consider climate impacts and investments in natural infrastructure. In this session, government leaders, practitioners, and academics will discuss recent initiatives and scientific advancements in Latin America and the Caribbean that can serve as examples for climate adaptation and sustainable development efforts globally.

This session will be presented in both in English and Spanish with  live simultaneous translation.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

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    Senior Fellow

    Katie Arkema

    Lead Scientist, the Natural Capital Project, Stanford University

    Manishka De Mel

    Manishka De Mel, Senior Staff Associate, The Earth Institute

    Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University

    Fabio Cresto Aleina

    Fabio Cresto Aleina

    Climatologist, climate change consultant and freelance journalist

    Sayda Rodríguez Gómez

    Sayda Rodríguez Gómez

    Secretary of Sustainable Development, Government of Yucatan

    Arlene Young

    Arlene Young

    Director, Belize Coastal Zone Management and Authority and Institute

     Luis Chevez

    Luis Chevez

    Sustainable Tourism Technical Officer, World Wildlife Fund Honduras

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