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Webinar: Blue is the New Green - Applying Principles of Reconciliation Ecology in Urban Waterfronts
Thursday, 24 September 2020, 2:00
Thursday, September 24, 2020. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Blue is the New Green - Applying Principles of Reconciliation Ecology in Urban Waterfronts. Andrew Rella and Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, ECOncrete. Sponsored by NOAA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More information here.
With two-thirds of the human population concentrated around coastlines, accelerated coastal development and changes to natural coastlines are inevitable. Over the course of time, natural coastlines undergo severe changes, and in many cases are completely overtaken by man-made infrastructure such as ports, coastal defense measures, power plants, industrial facilities, and residential properties. As most marine flora and fauna reside in coastal areas, anthropogenic changes to coastlines are one of the key reasons for loss of coastal habitats, and for significant changes in species assemblage, richness, and biodiversity. While coastal infrastructure such as seawalls or breakwaters add significant amounts of hard substrate open to colonization by marine organisms, these man-made structures do not support similar species assemblages to those of natural coastal and marine habitats, and are often associated with nuisance and invasive species. These differences are greatly associated to design features related to high inclination, low structural complexity, and high homogeneity, all of which are rarely found in natural habitats.