ROR and NWF to Host Second Summit for Regional Restoration
Restore or Retreat (ROR) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are hosting the "SECOND SUMMIT ON COASTAL RESTORATION IN LAFOURCHE AND TERREBONNE FOR NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS - Are we working "S.M.A.R.T"er?*" (*Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) next month at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. The two groups held an inaugural summit in 2011 in Terrebonne Parish, and wanted to continue building upon its success.
"We were so pleased with the results of our first regional summit, we knew immediately we should host a follow-up summit," said Simone Maloz, Executive Director of Restore or Retreat. "We hope to once again connect our region with interested and influential organizations that can help us advance our mission to save our irreplaceable region."
The goals of Second Summit are twofold. First, the goal is to examine new opportunities for enhanced and better-funded restoration, from the recently passed RESTORE act and the State Master Plan, to the establishment of the new Water Institute of the Gulf, to implementation of the non-structural goals of the State Master Plan. A second goal is to identify specific actions NGOs can take to help move projects forward for the region.
An NGO panel will offer an analysis of "S.M.A.R.T." common goals for restoration, as well as commit to specific and immediate actions to move projects forward.
The audience will include a number of NGO "panelists", along with representatives of levee and conservation districts, parish councils, elected representatives at the state and federal level, port commissions, cities and towns, consulting firms, and others with a regulatory, stewardship, or economic interest in coastal restoration.
For more information on the event, please contact ROR Executive Director Simone Maloz or NWF Partnership Manager Maura Wood.