In an event co-sponsored by Northern Trust, we are proud to welcome Stephanie Wear, Director of Coral Reef Conservation for The Nature Conservancy to the Library for a presentation titled Healthy Oceans.
The health of our planet begins with oceans. Oceans span nearly three quarters of the earth’s surface and provide almost 60% of our essential, life-sustaining goods and services. More than one-third of the world’s population lives in coastal areas, and one billion people depend on fish and seafood as their primary source of protein.
But the demands of a growing population are damaging marine ecosystems and depleting ocean resources. With less than 1% of oceans currently protected, there has never been a more urgent time for innovative and sustainable ocean conservation that benefits both nature and people.
A marine scientist, Stephanie Wear began working with The Nature Conservancy in 2001. Based in the Caribbean, she managed conservation projects for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Currently, her work focuses on helping coral reef managers in the field solve local conservation problems through innovative methods and then share the lessons learned. Through the global network she has facilitated over the past several years, coral reef managers from Bonaire to the islands of Indonesia are collaborating and learning from one another.
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A wine and cheese reception will follow the presentation.
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