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Adapting Urban Wetlands

As sea level rises, threatening both the New York Region’s communities and its coastal wetlands, both will have to adapt to survive. Especially in such a heavily urbanized region, the long-term strategies needed to adapt both coastal wetlands and communities are inextricably linked. What and where are the opportunities to preserve and adapt wetlands and communities together? What tensions between habitat and the built environment arise? Do we have the policy and design solutions needed to take on such an ambitious endeavor?

Regional Plan Association will be marking the release of its report, “The New Shoreline: Integrating Community and Ecological Resilience Around Tidal Wetlands" with a panel of experts from the New York Region to discuss the need for integral approaches, updated policy, and innovative design when it comes to preserving tidal wetlands and their surrounding communities in the face of sea level rise. 

The panel will feature:

  • Susannah Drake, Founding Principal, DLAND Studio
  • Kristin Marcell, Climate Resilience Program Coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Nicole Maher, Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Moderator: Sacha Spector, Program Director for the Environment, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation