This November 1-6, 2014 the National Summit on Coastal Restoration and Management will take place in Washington, DC. The six-day Summit is a multidisciplinary event that provides a blend of policy, science, business, and best management practices.
“This will be the largest national gathering of the coastal restoration and management community in more than ten years,” said Restore America’s Estuaries president, Jeff Benoit.
The conference theme, Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience highlights just how essential people and communities are in taking meaningful action in coastal restoration and management, and showcasing how sound science paired with best practices create healthy and resilient coastal environments, which in turn create jobs and strong economies that support coastal communities.
Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) and The Coastal Society (TCS) are collaborating to present the first-ever Summit that will bring together the coastal restoration and management communities. Participants are a unique blend of people involved in policy, science, strategy, business, and on-the-ground restoration and management.
“We hope that you will share in our excitement as we embark on this new collaboration to lead the first national effort to bridge the restoration and coastal management communities. The Summit provides an opportunity to address the issues we have in common in a more holistic way and offers a more cost-effective way to convene discussion,” added Lisa Schiavinato, president of The Coastal Society.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, RAE’s local alliance member, will play host to this biennial event, and by the nature of this Summit’s location, the Chesapeake Bay will play a prominent role throughout the program.
“RAE’s National Conferences always provide for a dynamic networking experience, opportunities for sharing best practices, and learning from others. This is the premier national coastal restoration and management event happening this year, and it’s not to be missed,” said ARCADIS’ John Balletto.
The Summit will feature an on-the-ground community service restoration project in the Anacostia Watershed’s Heritage Marsh, field sessions around Chesapeake Bay, two plenaries and more than 80 program sessions, a robust and leading exposition/poster hall, and numerous networking opportunities.
“The RAE Summit is a must-attend venue for federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, by providing invaluable interaction and collaboration opportunities with other governmental agencies, environmental businesses, non-profit organizations, academics and many more partners,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Dave Evans.
In a tradition dating back to RAE’s first conference in 2003, organizers have worked with a local (to the event) artist to come up with an original image that represents well the local coastal environment and is showcased in many of our Summit’s marketing materials. This year's image, “Heron on the Bay”, was painted by nationally renowned artist John Brandon Sills, who grew up around the Chesapeake Bay and still resides nearby today.
For more information about the Summit, please visit www.estuaries.org/summit
Restore America's Estuaries is an alliance of eleven community-based conservation organizations working to protect and restore the vital habitats of our nation’s estuaries. RAE has been a national member of Earth Share’s Combined Federal Campaign since 2004.