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SXSW 2018

Designing Urban Ocean Conservation

Given the increasing populations and environmental impacts of coastal cities, it’s time to figure out urban ocean conservation. Ports, tourism, and fisheries comprise a valuable “blue economy.” Wetlands, oyster reefs, mangroves, and coral reefs provide critical storm protection. Coastal recreation benefits our well-being and communities. Neglecting urban ocean conservation is to the detriment of our economies, food security, safety, and cultures.

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  1. What are the most innovative ocean conservation efforts in coastal cities around the world?
  2. How can lessons from terrestrial conservation in urban areas be applied to ocean conservation?
  3. What would it look like to build an ocean ethos amongst New Yorkers and have New York City become a leader in urban ocean conservation?



Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder, Ocean Collectiv

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Cities Summit
  • Level: Beginner
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