Friday's "Restoration on the Half Shell" explains restoration, protection challenges during State of the Coast
The half-day mini-conference is co-sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana, so that we can continue to support coastal residents as important stakeholders in their own future.
“Restoration on the Half Shell,” a mini-conference that will help break down coastal issues for those who need the information most, will serve as a key light of the biennial State of the Coast conference that runs June 1-3 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “Restoration on the Half Shell” will explain the issues and challenges facing Louisiana’s coastal communities; pieces of the presentations — which will be offered in clear, non-technical language, also will be made available to attendees for future reference.
The mini-conference is co-sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana, so that we can continue to support coastal residents as important stakeholders in their own future.
FFL will be represented by Coastal Communities Resiliency Program Officer Liz Williams. FFL’s work includes the Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund.
“The State of the Coast conference provides an important opportunity for concerned citizens, industry leaders, academic researchers, government institutions and non-profit organizations to cross-pollinate ideas, findings and efforts across silos,” Williams said. “We are pleased to provide support for the inaugural year of ‘Restoration on the Half Shell’ so that more of our Louisiana residents can access information to make challenging and opportune decisions about their futures.”
More than 1,000 advocates, scientists, coastal residents, policy makers, scholars, and industry leaders will convene for the fourth State of the Conference, which encourages a deep discussion about policies, strategies and best practices to deal with Louisiana’s shrinking coastline and the communities affected by the situation. The conference is sponsored by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the Water Institute of the Gulf, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to open the conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday (June 1). Other speakers include Kimberly Davis Reyher, Executive Director, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (Wednesday, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Great Dining Hall); Michael Ellis, Executive Director, The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (Thursday, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Great Dining Hall); and Chip Groat of The Water Institute of the Gulf and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (Friday, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Great Dining Hall).
The event also will include presentations focusing on engineering, policy and science, led by experts in coastal restoration and protection. These topics will have important implications for the Louisiana coast and the 2017 State Master Plan currently being developed.