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Blue Carbon, Green Infrastructure, and Biodiversity and Human Health: Science to Support Policies, Planning, and Conservation

Ariana Sutton-Grier, The Nature Conservancy & University of Maryland

5 February 2018

Ecosystems are threatened by many stressors including climate change and development. Ecosystems also provide many benefits to human communities, some of which we are newly discovering such as benefits to human health. Dr. Sutton-Grier will discuss the state of the science of some of these benefits including carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands, the flood risk reduction provided by coastal ecosystems, and connections between nature and biodiversity and human health. In addition, this presentation will explore how this science can help inform policy, decisions, and management of ecosystems and hopefully lead to more ecosystem protection and restoration.