The San Diego World Affairs Council and Pacific Institute present:

Serge Dedina
Mayor of Imperial Beach, CA

Serge Dedina will discuss the coastal and marine ecosystems of the U.S.-Mexico border in the San Diego region, which is a gateway to one of the most important ocean wildlife corridors in the world. In the San Diego-Tijuana region, coastal and marine conservation goes hand in hand with efforts to promote the sustainable revitalization of urban communities that have long been neglected and underserved. In Imperial Beach, sustainable redevelopment is part of a larger process of sea level rise adaptation and working on both sides of the border to identify sustainable ways to reduce the transboundary flow of sewage, trash and sediment.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

6 PM Registration & Reception
6:30 PM – 8 PM Program and Q&A

Location: Pacifica Institute, 5945 Pacific Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

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Serge Dedina

Serge Dedina is the mayor of Imperial Beach and the executive director of WILDCOAST an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. The 2016 Peter Benchley “Hero of the Seas,” Dedina is leading the effort to carry out sea level rise adaptation planning in Imperial Beach. Through WILDCOAST, Dedina is helping to manage the state’s system of marine protected areas. WILDCOAST is also carrying out an ambitious climate change adaptation and mitigation program in Mexico in partnership with the Mexican National Protected Area Commission involving creating conservation concessions for mangroves and carrying out climate adaptation plans for millions of acres of some of the world’s largest and most ecologically significant coastal protected areas. Among WILDCOAST’s partners in the effort to save Mexican mangroves is the American rock group Linkin Park. Dedina is the author of “Saving the Gray Whale,” “Wild Sea” and “Surfing the Border”.  He serves as the chair of the SANDAG Shoreline Preservation Committee and received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in political science from UCSD.

 The San Diego World Affairs Council thank our co-sponsor:

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5945 Pacific Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

Light refreshments will be provided