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The Nature Conservancy Responds to Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency Report (SIRR)

The Nature Conservancy is committed to working with the City of New York

New York, NY | June 11, 2013

The Nature Conservancy is committed to working with the City of New York and other stakeholders to help identify, analyze, and implement natural and built infrastructure strategies to better protect New York City from climate risks, consistent with the City’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency (SIRR) report released today. We commend Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York for recognizing the value of nature as part of a comprehensive strategy for a more resilient future.

"Building on the significant progress of PlaNYC, the SIRR report lays out a bold agenda to redesign and reimagine a resilient New York City for a changing climate," said Adam Freed, Director of the Nature Conservancy's Global Securing Water Program. "By recognizing the important role of natural infrastructure like dunes, wetlands, mussel and oyster beds, trees and parklands; finding ways to integrate natural and grey infrastructure; and developing large and small-scale science-driven strategies, Mayor Bloomberg is helping secure the promise of a greener, greater, more resilient New York."

“The Nature Conservancy has always believed in using science, natural solutions and partnerships with communities to help prepare for the impacts of climate change,” said Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in New York. “Nature and natural defenses are an important part of making New York City and the region more resilient as extreme weather events become more common. We’re going to need to harness the best and brightest minds to solve these global challenges – and the Conservancy is looking to cities, especially New York City, as a source of innovation.”

Long-term solutions to better protect people, property and nature will rely on a mix of both “built” and “natural” solutions. We have seen powerful examples of this in Cape May New Jersey, Long Island and Great South Bay and along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to helping protect communities, natural defenses also provide a number of other benefits, including cleaner air and water, more liveable cities, and increased property values, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat.

For more information on The Nature Conservancy’s community resilience and disaster risk reduction work, visit

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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