Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilience in the MARCO Region
James McElfish, Rebecca Kihslinger and Jessye Waxman
Date Released
December 2016
Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilie

Working with New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — the five members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) — the Environmental Law Institute prepared a detailed assessment of methods to identify, conserve, and restore wetlands for protection of communities and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. ELI in collaboration with an expert panel designed an approach that can accommodate continuous improvement by resource managers, legislators, and policy makers. The approach relies on:

Advisory Committee

ELI is partnering with experts around the globe to form the Biodiversity Adaptation Law Advisory Committee to assist in implementing the project. This Advisory Committee includes environmental lawyers from six countries characterized by high biodiversity (Uganda, Madagascar, Peru, Dominican Republic, Bhutan, and Vietnam). These six countries represent different regions, legal systems, biomes, and challenges to biodiversity associated with climate change; as such, the Advisory Committee helps to ensure that the materials developed through this project are widely relevant and useful.

Advisory Committee Photo


Members of the Advisory Committee with ELI staff on June 1, 2009 at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland. From left to right: Scott Schang, Kenneth Kakuru, Kunzang, Lara Hansen, Ben Carrier, Lalaina Rakotoson, Vu Tuh Hanh, Trang Tran, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Carl Bruch, Nelson Pimentel, Luis Martinez, Daniel Schramm, and Guilherme Leal.