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Monday, July 18 • 2:15pm - 4:30pm
Coastal and Urban Conservation

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Our nation’s coasts are home to almost 40% of the U.S. population and many of our urban communities. Continued population growth along the coasts, and urbanization pose challenges and opportunities for coastal and urban conservation. Learn in this session how the San Juan Bay Estuary Program works to conserve coastal natural resources in an urban area, and how the University of Puerto Rico and the nonprofit organization, Protectores de Cuencas are restoring and conserving coastal ecosystems for resilient communities in Puerto Rico while helping the next generation gain valuable skills and certification in ecological restoration. Also hear from Florida’s Duval SWCD, which serves coastal Duval County and the city of Jacksonville, about their urban conservation initiatives and partnerships to help protect watersheds and the St. Johns River as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean.


Joe Lomax

Chair, NACD Coastal RPG

avatar for Robert J. Mayer, Ph.D. , CERP

Robert J. Mayer, Ph.D. , CERP

Professor, Dept. of Natural Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla
Dr. Mayer is a full professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla and a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner. His research and ecological restoration work focuses on the ecological restoration of mangroves and coastal dunes on the north coast of Puerto Rico. This... Read More →
avatar for Yasiel A. Figueroa Sánchez

Yasiel A. Figueroa Sánchez

Environmental Consultant & GIS Specialist, Protectores de Cuencas, Inc.
Yasiel A. Figueroa Sánchez is an Environmental Scientist (M.Sc.) and Geographer from Isabela, Puerto Rico with over 8 years of experience in environmental conservation. He currently works as an environmental consultant and GIS specialist for the NGO Protectores de Cuencas focusing... Read More →
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Jennifer Casey

Chair, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District
Jennifer Casey is the Chair of the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District in Florida and a member of the 2022 cohort of the Next Generation Leadership Institute sponsored by the National Conservation Foundation. Jennifer is a partner with agencies and organizations meeting local... Read More →
avatar for Brenda Torres Barreto

Brenda Torres Barreto

Executive Director, San Juan Bay Estuary Program
Brenda Torres Barreto is a professional in the field of sustainability with vast experience in environmental management, corporate social responsibility and public policy development through empowerment and multisector alliances. She has excelled in leadership positions in Puerto... Read More →

Monday July 18, 2022 2:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
San Cristobal BCD