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Community Resilience, Part II: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Case Studies

Created: 10/04/2011 - Updated: 3/12/2019


Many coastal communities are looking for ways to apply ecosystem-based management approaches for community resilience. This presentation will highlight the four-step process of The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience project, which includes awareness, risk, choice, and action. This approach focuses on the need to tailor options to fit the varying needs and pace of different communities. The case studies that will be presented focus on communities that have moved beyond the awareness phase in the process to assessing vulnerability and developing options for future action.

In this webinar, participants will learn about

  • The four steps of The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience approach Ecosystem-based management
  • Approaches that communities are choosing to implement when addressing coastal resilience issues
  • Challenges that other communities have faced when adapting to coastal risk
  • Flexible options that can be built into adaptation plans

Published On

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Land Use Planning
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Sea level rise
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Conduct scenario planning exercise
Habitat/Biome Type: 

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Coastal Resilience: Visualizing Climate Change Impacts and Coastal Hazards and Implementing Solutions in Long Island Sound

Photo attributed to Mike Knell. Incorporated here under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. No endorsement by licensor implied.

Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure

Long Island Sound, bordered by New York and Connecticut, is one of the most densely populated coastal areas in the world with an estimated eight million people within its coastal watersheds. Sea level rise, intense coastal storms, and flooding threaten residents and the built and natural environments of these coastal communities.

Adaptation Phase: 
Sharing Lessons
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration