Coastal Defenses: How Nature Can Help Reduce Risk

Built levees, sea walls, and artificial barrier islands can be overcome by just one environmental event. However, mangroves, coral reefs and wetlands have been shown to protect lives and property. The SNAP Coastal Defenses Working Group is exploring how conserving and restoring coastal habitats can help protect coastal communities and livelihoods from the impacts of extreme environmental events.

In this short video series, Coastal Defenses SNAP Working Group leaders Mike Beck and Carter Ingram discuss the potential for green infrastructure, like mangroves, oyster reefs, and salt marshes to protect people from coastal hazards, and the ways we can improve the way we make decisions about recovery and restoration after natural disasters.

Reducing Risk With Nature

Investing in Green Infrastructure

Recovery and Restoration

For more information on how nature reduces risk, visit the SNAP Coastal Defenses Working Group page.

Video editing by Jonathan Levin.



Cara Byington

Cara Byington is a science communications specialist at The Nature Conservancy, and a contributor to SNAP Magazine and Cool Green Science, the Conservancy's science blog. Read More