Axios Houston: Nature-based solutions key to Galveston’s climate resiliency

Galveston Island is vulnerable to sea level rise, and a new report emphasizes the need for more nature-based solutions. The Climate Resilient Galveston report released this week by the National Wildlife Federation identifies how solutions that restore and strengthen Galveston’s natural features can protect the low-lying island and its unique ecosystems.

Arsum Pathak, the author of the report, says the report is not a critique of the Ike Dike but rather to show the variety and effectiveness of the natural projects. “The main idea that we want to offer here is that nature-based solutions offer strategies that are available at the moment. A lot of these solutions can start happening right now and can happen in your own backyard,” Pathak tells Axios.

“Our natural features grow stronger with time. They are able to keep up with a lot of those future uncertainties and climate projections.”

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