Inaugural forum in Deauville, France will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the future of economically crucial estuary environments
Join business and infrastructure commentators, scientists and environmentalists to discuss the future of estuaries in the face of growing development and climate pressures at the inaugural Global Estuaries Forum.
Speakers include: Brian Kilkenny, CEO World Cities Network; Francine Cousteau, president of the Coustaeau Society; Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent; Julia Matron-Lefevre, director IUCN; author Fred Pearce; environmentalist Wallace J Nichols, and many more.
Sixty per cent of the world's population live around estuaries. Ninety per cent of Europe's trade goes through estuaries and 22 of the world's 32 largest cities are located on an estuary. Estuaries are a source of wealth, both for the ecosystems they nurture and for the populations that line their banks.
This inaugural forum, hosted by the Association Estuaire de la Seine Territoire de L'Eau in Deauville, France will bring together global stakeholders to discuss and tackle the challenges, benefits and frequently divergent interests facing these important waters.
The three-day forum will launch a conversation that will both address the pressing issues surrounding estuaries today and create a platform for discussion for generations to come.
Other speakers include Gerard Roussel, GM Total, Normandy Refinery; Michele Rousseau, director general Agence de L'Eau Seine Normandie; and Ann Pesiri Swanson, executive director Chesapeake Bay Commission.