PublicPrivate Partnerships in Coastal Restoration

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					           “The horizon’s edge, the flying sea-crow, the fragrance
            “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit” – EMERSON
               of salt marsh and shore mud…” -- WHITMAN




Public/Private
Partnerships in Coastal
Restoration
September 12, 2003
Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Nature Conservancy
  Established in 1951
  Based in Arlington, VA
  Programs in 50 states and 27 nations
      Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Australia
  12 million acres protected in the U.S.
  1,400 nature preserves
  > 1 million members
  Science-based, non-confrontational conservation
     approach
Why is TNC here?
 Mission: Preserve plants, animals, and natural
   communities that represent the diversity of life on
   Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need
   to survive.

 Brownfields are not
 generally what you think
 of as hotspots for
 biodiversity...
…but the coasts and oceans are.
   Less than 10% of marine life has been measured

   Commercial + Rec fishing > $50 billion economic
     impact that relies on healthy nearshore habitats

   Enormous value of ecological goods and services
Conservation by Design

    1. Conserve
    functional
    conservation areas
    within and across
    ecoregions.

    2. Work with partners
    to conserve a full
    array of ecological
    systems and viable
    native species.
Coasts are special…
  USDA: Coastal counties =
    17% of U.S. acreage

  Home to more than 50% of
    U.S. population

  1997: 14% developed
  2025: 25% developed (est)
TNCs Marine Initiative
  Priorities:
      “Seas to Summits” planning/priority setting
      Resilence/Resistance principles for management
      Public sector engagement:
          Restoration of degraded habitats
          Share best practices
          Encourage partnerships
          Resources for capacity/implementation
NGO/Public Partnership
  The environmental NGO community can be a partner
    with government and business in redevelopment of
    coastal sites.
  Opportunities for collaboration exist at multiple scales:
     Local (land trusts, “Save the Bays”, community
       groups)
     Regional (national orgs, StB, state associations)
     National (national orgs, StB/RAE, CSO, NGA,
       AAPA, etc.)
Locally...
             Land protection and restoration
               capacity and expertise
             Environmental education and public
               awareness
             Fundraising
             Research and technology
               development
             Monitoring --> Measures of
               Success
State and Regionally...
  Policy, legislation, and appropriations to support local
     efforts
  Support regional planning and coordination
  Information sharing/best practices
      (worst practices?)
  Support multi-site/off-site strategies
  Monitoring --> Measures of Success
Nationally
  Policy, legislation, and appropriations to support local
     efforts
  Information sharing/best practices
      (worst practices?)
  Support multi-site strategies
  Monitoring --> Measures of Success
NGO/Public Partnership
  The environmental NGO community can be a partner
    with government and business in redevelopment of
    coastal sites.
  Opportunities for collaboration exist at multiple
    scales:
     Local
     Regional
     National
Thank you!