SNAPP TEAM:Coastal Restoration
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How can we better align coastal habitat restoration efforts with nature conservation and the provision of societal benefits?

Healthy coastal habitats are critical to the health of people and the planet. However, reefs, marshes and coastal forests around the world have been highly degraded and reduced to a small fraction of their historic extent. In order for governmental agencies to make informed decisions regarding coastal restoration, they must first understand what policies and projects have already been implemented.


OUR APPROACH: The Coastal Restoration team is compiling a database of all restoration projects conducted by major agencies and entities, including the NOAA Restoration Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, US EPA, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. By synthesizing these data, the team can identify opportunities for future projects to build upon past restoration efforts for the most benefit to coastal ecosystems and communities.

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenge: Natural Climate Solutions


  • Inform US Federal agencies to support more appropriate decision-making around funding coastal restoration to more effectively improve ecosystems and societies.
  • Review and classify past and current restoration projects to build on the knowledge base that can inform future coastal ecosystem conservation opportunities.
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Investing in Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure: Building Better Along Our Coasts

In this perspective piece in Sustainability, the authors benefits, opportunities, and challenges associated with  building nature-based infrastructure.

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Katie Arkema
Stanford University
Bryan DeAngelis
The Nature Conservancy
Jonathan Grabowski
Northeastern University
Rick Bennett
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Jeff Benoit
Restore America’s Estuaries
Seth Blitch
The Nature Conservancy
Kelly Burks-Copes
US Army Corps of Engineers
Tony Chatwin
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Allison Colden
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Alyssa Dausman
The Water Institute of the Gulf
Rachel Gittman
East Carolina University
Jessica Henkel
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
Ron Howard
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Randall Hughes
Northeastern University
Steven Scyphers
Northeastern University
Tisa Shostik
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ariana Sutton-Grier
The Nature Conservancy
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