How and Why The Pew Charitable Trusts Protects Coastal Wetlands Around the Globe

March 25, 2021

Pew Charitable Trust is serious about coastal protection

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham explore the work that the Pew Charitable Trusts is doing internationally to protect coastal wetlands and coral reefs. Joining the show are two wonderful guests: Dr. Stacy Baez is an officer with the coastal wetlands and coral reefs project. She supports countries in developing the scientific framework needed to ensure strong protections for coastal wetlands and coral reefs. Also on the show is Courtney Durham, an officer with Pew's International Conservation Unit. She is focused on global climate action and policymaking (notably domestic climate commitments or NDCs) with governments, think tanks, UN agencies, international development banks, and national governments. Come along and learn how Pew's work on coastal wetlands is on the front lines the of the fight to mitigate climate change. Only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.