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Cristina R. Velez
Knowledge and Communications Consultant, Asian Development Bank
Cristina R. Velez has developed knowledge and communications strategies and products for 15 years both in North America and in the Philippines. Her focus areas have been oceans and forests, clean energy and transportation technologies, food and water security, solid waste management, and post-Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) recovery and reconstruction. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University.
As a way forward for coastal cities, this article explores the potential of system of systems approaches for integrated planning and management of coastal assets using nature-based solutions that engage communities.
Protecting and enhancing natural ecosystems and biodiversity can increase resilience in Asia and the Pacific.
The widespread loss of natural ecosystems and biodiversity is much more than a conservation issue; countless lives and livelihoods depend on them.