Kosmos is proud to support innovative projects in or near the communities we operate in and partner with local organizations seeking to make an impact in their community.
In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a region highly vulnerable to climate change, we partnered with Tierra Resources, a Louisiana-based non-profit focused on wetlands restoration and the development of blue carbon capture projects. Tierra’s mission is to conserve, protect, and restore coastal wetland ecosystems by creating innovative solutions that support investment in wetlands.
Our partnership began with research on the potential for blue carbon capture projects. In 2021, we extended our partnership with Tierra to launch a Climate Mitigation Workforce with two objectives:
To accomplish these goals, we brought in two additional partners experienced in coastal restoration and job training – Common Ground Relief and Louisiana Green Corps.
In 2022, the Climate Mitigation Workforce became the Louisiana Coastal Restoration Workforce. 45 members participated in four Coastal Education Workshops about the wetland ecosystem and the role it plays in protecting the Mississippi River Corridor from hurricanes and the impacts of climate change. The workshops combined classroom training with field activities in areas with healthy, degrading and ghost ecosystems to highlight the need to protect wetlands and prevent erosion.
The Workforce also engaged with local nurseries to learn about efforts to restore vulnerable areas, then then applied their knowledge by planting 900 trees in areas on the Louisiana coast identified by the partnership as most suitable for restoration. The next cohort of the Workforce will monitor the seedlings and assess their impact on ecosystem resilience and potential for blue-carbon projects.
The Louisiana Coastal Restoration Workforce won The Corps Networks’ 2023 Project of the Year Award for its innovate approach to providing both the community and young people with meaningful improvements. Kosmos is proud to support the Workforce as it aims to connect underserved communities to critical coastal restoration and climate mitigation projects.