Coastal Cities Summit II: Sharing Solutions for Success
Today, about 40% of the global population lives in coastal cities. The population is projected to reach over eight billion people by 2050, which has significant implications for the coastal ecosystem stability, human health, and economic vitality. Coastal cities share a common need to support smart urban development and economic growth while maintaining the health of local ecosystems.
Special rate for government officials and ICLEI members: $125 for one person and $250 for two.
The Summit will provide a venue in which to discuss risks, environmental vulnerabilities, smart growth opportunities and provide information about innovative programs and approaches that communities are implementing to preserve and restore natural assets.
Major Summit Tracks include
- Rethinking Tourism: Sustaining Economic Development and the Environment
- Insurance: Calculating Risks and Improving Post-Disaster Recovery
- Supporting and Directing Growth with Effective Transit Planning
- Adaption Planning for Coastal Risks
- Urban Design and The Bottom Line
Who Should Attend:
- Planners, engineers and attorneys
- Public works and utilities managers
- Tourism professionals
- Real estate and land developers
- Environmental organizations
- Conservation agencies and university researchers
Jointly Hosted By:
The University of South Florida College of Marine Science in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute (IOI – USA) and the City of St. Petersburg.
Specific topics include sustainable tourism, transportation, vulnerability assessments/adaption planning, economic modeling and financing, community engagement and post-disaster resiliency. Coastal pollution events, e.g. impacts and lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will also be examined. The Summit will feature scientists and leading experts from the private sector and NGOs from the US, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, Barbados, and the Netherlands. The program goal is to facilitate connections to improve environmental coastal governance through practical solutions.