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The Shell-sponsored DELTAS2010: World Conference Dialogues October 17-20 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is part of the America’s WETLAND Foundation’s effort to raise awareness and build support for critical coastal assets in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

The first-of-Its-kind international meeting was designed to foster planetary collaboration in protecting and sustaining critical delta zones worldwide and their ecological and economic viability.

Shell was honored to co-sponsor the event with Royal Netherlands Embassy, The Nature Conservancy, Greater New Orleans Foundation and in cooperation with scores of international and national non-government organizations (NGOs).

The meeting was held to foster cooperation among stakeholders in the world’s deltas, share promising practices and technology, develop intellectual capital and build knowledge about scenarios and solutions for future sustainability among global delta regions, such as the Niger, Ganges and MeKong Deltas.

Prior to the event, Shell sponsored field trips for participants to witness the challenges facing the Mississippi River delta region firsthand, including the effects of subsidence and sediment trapping upriver. Shell employees participated in hands-on wetland restoration and marsh grass plantings in City Park.