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January 23, 2018

WILDCOAST is Conserving Ecosystems that Play an Important Role in Climate Change

Fay Crevoshay

Destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria shows that climate change and its impacts are even more of a threat to cities and coastal regions.

Storms like these reiterate the increasing importance of preserving coastal and marine ecosystems. Natural barriers such as mangroves, kelp forests, beaches and coral reefs help reduce storm surge, while watersheds and coastal wetlands absorb storm-related ooding.

WILDCOAST is working with coastal communities and government agencies in the United States, Mexico and Cuba to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems that play an important role in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In Mexico and Cuba, WILDCOAST is working closely with federal agencies to protect expansive mangrove forests and surrounding coastlines. These forests act as vital buffers against increasing storms and sea level rise, while sequestering tremendous amounts of carbon. In the United States and Mexico, we are protecting wetlands as a frontline defense against sea level rise and coastal ooding impacts in urban areas. In Oaxaca, we are identifying innovative ways to preserve watersheds and wetlands in one of Mexico’s most climate-impacted regions. In California, our efforts to conserve and manage more than 500,000 acres of marine protected areas are protecting billions of dollars in coastal infrastructure, businesses and ecosystem services against the impacts of our changing climate.

WILDCOAST is committed to continuing our efforts to address climate change by protecting our coast and ocean’s most vital and valuable natural places.