Mark Tercek Responds to Investment in New York Storm Recovery and Resilience Projects
Statement of Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, in Response to Announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden of Billions to be Invested in New York Storm Recovery and Resilience Projects
New York | January 07, 2014
Today at the State Capitol in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced billions of dollars of funding will be dedicated to storm recovery projects and programs, including but not limited to investments in “green infrastructure” and natural defenses to reduce risk from future storms and help communities recover and rebuild after Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Lee.
Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, made the following statement regarding this important announcement:
Today's announcement shows that New York and the federal government are serious about investing in the state's future in a climate-changing world. I was honored to participate in Governor Cuomo's 2100 Commission, which developed recommendations for a more resilient New York that recognizes the invaluable role natural infrastructure plays in protecting communities from the impacts of natural disasters and a changing climate. Natural defenses -- such as wetlands, dunes, floodplains, parks and forests -- protect our communities while providing many other valuable benefits, including clean air and water. The Conservancy commends Governor Cuomo and the Obama Administration for their leadership in recognizing the important role that nature plays in making our communities more resilient, healthier and economically vibrant.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.