Resilience – a term for the ability of social-ecological systems to adapt, bounce back, and even thrive through shocks or stresses. At the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), David Festa, Senior VP of Ecosystems, has been working to develop strategies to incentivize resilient ecosystems management practices throughout his tenure. David is an expert on ecosystem resilience and has a long track record of bringing diverse stakeholders together to meet growing needs for food, water and shelter in ways that benefit the environment and the economy. EDF is focused on creating resilient ecosystems that make it possible for people and nature to thrive, even as the planet changes because of climate change, population growth and other stressors. It’s clear in the long-term, planning for resilience is cost-effective. In the near term, it takes work to align the financing, interests, and policy to design climate adaptive systems.
Join the Environment and Natural Resources Program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for a conversation with David Festa about what it takes to build climate resilience. David will look at the three major challenges to most climate adaptation projects: financing, building equity, and aligning diverse stakeholders and conflicting policy structures. He’ll share lessons learned from his years of work at EDF on water rights and coastal erosion in dialogue with Professor Henry Lee, Director of Belfer's Environment and Natural Resources Program.
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