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Marmillion Delivers Delta Warning at International Conference in Jakarta
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America’s WETLAND Delivers Sobering News of Coastal Decline

JAKARTA—Dangers threaten the survival of the Mekong Delta, according to an international presentation delivered by 2-time Silver Anvil winner Valsin A. Marmillion at the World Delta Summit—The Pulse of the Deltas and the Fate of Our Civilization” in Jakarta.

Photo: Juan Pisani for i.c.e. images

Marmillion, founder and president of strategic communications company Marmillion + Company and managing director of America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), just returned to the states after addressing the stability of major delta regions around the world to leaders gathered at the summit. He presented findings from five recent resilient communities leadership forums from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi in a session entitled, “Mitigating and Adapting to Global Sea Level Rise in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.”

With the majority of the globe’s population expected to reside within delta corridors in 50 years, a bleak forecast for sustaining these valuable landscapes around the world signals cause for alarm and urgency of action. He told attendees that delta cities and regions currently hold a short lease on life.

“We have literally reached a low point in our fight against coastal degradation,” said Marmillion.  “I wouldn’t call our problems a perfect storm, as some have suggested.  This is more a trifecta of known consequences that include human interaction with the environment, resulting in sea level rise, subsidence, coastal erosion and land loss.” 

Marmillion told attendees that what he termed obvious choices, are faced, not only in the Gulf Coast and particularly in Louisiana, but across the planet: 

  • To avoid reacting to major natural and manmade events with “consequence planning” or ignoring established scientific evidence and waiting till disasters strike to respond;
  • To create generational solutions, not short term “band aid” approaches to large scale problems; and
  • To adopt legacy approaches based on adapting to change with a balance of hard and soft natural environmental engineering, building with nature for long-term sustainability of our ecosystems.

Marmillion released findings from a recent multi-million dollar study by New Orleans based Entergy Corporation in partnership with the foundation. The study, showing projections of $350 billion in losses over the next 20 years without immediate implementation of adaptation strategies, was a sobering footnote to abstract projections that sea level rise was one of the globe’s most troubling challenges.