Senior Associate, Coastal Wetlands and Coral Reefs
Coastal habitats, including the reefs, mangroves, marshes, and seagrasses found along shorelines worldwide, are among the most important parts of the larger ocean ecosystem that must function cohesively to ensure the ocean’s health. While relatively small in area, these habitats are large in terms of ecosystem importance, forming a critical interface between the land and sea. Over the next two years, countries will have an opportunity to revise their nationally determined contribution (NDC) in preparation for the first formal assessment of progress under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2020. Pew would take advantage of this deadline to engage three countries in identifying and integrating coastal habitat into their NDCs in a manner that is specific, measurable, and provides a high level of protection. Further, we would work with at least one developing country to develop a financing plan to secure external funding needed to implement the coastal habitat portion of their NDC. It is our intention that in the future the resulting NDCs and financing plan could serve as examples for other countries, particularly those developing countries that may need international funding assistance for their coastal habitat protections.
The senior associate provides program support to the protecting coastal wetlands and coral reefs project. This position will report to the manager, coastal wetlands and coral reefs and is based in Washington, DC. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.