Director, Global Coastal Risk and Resilience for The Nature Conservancy.
Mark Way Director, Global Coastal Risk and Resilience for The Nature Conservancy. © The Nature Conservancy

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Mark Way

Director, Global Coastal Risk and Resilience

Arlington, VA

  • Areas of Expertise

    Climate change, nature-based resilience, coastal risk management, insurance, sustainability

Biography

Mark Way leads The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Global Coastal Risk and Resilience team. His work focuses on protecting people, their livelihoods and their communities from severe weather impacts and climate change by building resilience using natural infrastructure such as coral reefs, mangrove forests and salt marshes. This program also explores new and innovative financial mechanisms to address these risks.

TNC’s Global Coastal Risk and Resilience team works closely with leading members of the insurance industry, and a broad range of other stakeholders, to develop transformational approaches to managing coastal risk. This currently involves working on issues involving blue carbon resilience credits, insurance mechanisms to protect nature, disaster risk reduction in the humanitarian sector, and the development of web-based decision support tools to simplify the use of nature-based coastal resilience. In a climate-changing world, as severe events become more frequent and sea levels continue to rise, managing risk will require a suite of solutions to keep people safe, and natural infrastructure has a critical role to play.

Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2016, Mark led Swiss Re's sustainability activities in the Americas as part of the company’s Sustainability & Emerging Risk Management unit.

In both his current and previous role, the topic of climate change has been the major topic area focusing on managing both risk and building resilience. Mark’s expertise lies at the intersection of risk management, insurance, natural infrastructure, climate change and sustainable development.

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