Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Adaptation: Resettling and Receiving Communities
June 6, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
When communities plan to retreat from disappearing coastal lands and high flood risk areas, their conversations range far beyond climate risk and disaster recovery. They want to talk about the challenges and opportunities in the places where they might be relocating.
This webinar discusses Louisiana-based trends around climate-induced migration, and establishing equitable long-term adaptation strategies, including retreat.
Liz Williams Russell and Mathew Sanders from LA SAFE, a partnership between the Foundation for Louisiana and the Louisiana Office of Community Development, will discuss their work with coastal parishes in 2017. The speakers will discuss how the LA SAFE initiative developed local leadership, engaged partners, and built trust by engaging existing needs, local experience and technical information.
- Louisiana's ongoing coastal and risk reduction master plans, including adaptation funding from the National Disaster Resilience Competition (over $90 million)
- Complexity of relocating displaced or retreating populations due to the lack of available land
- Median income's correlation with increased flood risk — and ensuing equity concerns
- Reciprocal issues of retreat: stress on public resources with influx of migrant populations
- Difficulties of dealing with coastal industries (oil, gas, fishing) that can't necessarily be moved, as they play a sustaining role in the economy
Questions from webinar participants
- What do you think the proportion will be of spontaneous out-migration vs. planned/government-funded resettlement?
- How much training did the local facilitators get? What’s worked well? What have been the challenges, if any?
- Can you speak about any pushback from local elected officials? Did you separately engage them or in the public meetings?
- What has worked best for the Isle de Jean Charles resettlement program and what do you wish you'd done differently?
- Does Louisiana have enabling legislation that allows for the transfer of development rights within or between communities?
- Can you describe the relationship between LA SAFE and the reps for the economy-sustaining industries along the coast, whose sites need to be maintained?
Liz Williams Russell
Liz directs the activities of the Foundation for Louisiana’s Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund, managing coastal grant-making areas with community-based advisors, allies and relevant partners. The Fund acknowledges and reinforces the work done by resident leaders and community-based organizations, working to provide opportunities for those most impacted by environmental risks to be key decision makers in how to address them.
Mathew Sanders, AIACP
Mathew is the Resilience Program and Policy Administrator for the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development (OCD). He was the state’s project team lead for the NDRC application and currently leads the development of the two awarded projects: LA SAFE, and a $48.3 million award to resettle the Isle de Jean Charles community in Terrebonne Parish.