Coastal Resilience Network
Posted byJessica Hitt
The Coastal Resilience network supports a community of practitioners around the world who are applying planning innovations to coastal hazard and adaptation issues. The network provides access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions in a consistent and cost effective manner.
Coastal Resilience sites exist for different regions, including:
Global: The Global Coastal Resilience tools provide support for decision-makers working at national and multi-national scales in assessing where to act in risk reduction, adaptation and conservation. They build from critical resources such as the Global Platform on Risk Reduction, World Risk Report, and Conservation Atlas.
Caribbean: The impacts of climate change are increasingly seen across the Caribbean basin, a region where densely populated often low lying coastal areas are threatened by hurricanes, as well as rising warmer oceans. Given the high dependency in the Caribbean on natural resources for livelihoods, a focus on ecosystems and their interaction with people is essential for climate change adaptation. Our work in this region is focused on helping communities and government increase their resilience to climate change by protecting, restoring and sustainably managing their marine and coastal systems and strengthening local capacity for adaptation.
Mexico and Central America: The Government of Mexico’s adoption of an approach to climate and disaster risk reduction based in natural solutions is essential to protect its people and infrastructure, and our Coastal Resilience approach and team has a real opportunity to work with the Mexican government and its international policy delegations to influence peer countries in Latin America and emerging economies globally. Mesoamerican Reef
United States: The US Coastal Resilience tools provide support for decision-makers working in the continental US identify solutions for risk reduction and conservation. They build from critical resources provided by many groups and agencies including NOAA, USGS, FEMA, USFWS, TNC and the Natural Capital Project.
Gulf of Mexico: With its high incidence of storms and hurricanes and valuable ecological and economic resources, the Gulf region is a high-risk area with great potential to demonstrate natural risk reduction solutions. The Coastal Resilience approach and tools have been applied Gulf-wide and at specific sites, including those that help identify where to implement oyster reef restoration to meet social and ecological goals. Oyster restoration demonstration projects with partners like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) creates a strong base for replication and scaling-up to larger projects.
U.S. East Coast: The northeast coast of the United States is among the most heavily developed in the world. Much of this coastal property is only inches above existing sea level, putting billions of dollars in public and private funds and business at risk. Coastal wetlands and other ecosystems provide habitat, natural buffers from storms, and other natural benefits, are also at great risk of loss due to sea level rise.
U.S. West Coast: The goals of West Coast Coastal Resilience are to: 1) improve our understanding of how climate change will impact coastal and floodplain areas; 2) combine social, economic and ecological data with future climate, fluvial, and, coastal hazard scenarios in an interactive, online decision-support tool; 3) work with local decision-makers to explore alternative climate change and disaster mitigation approaches, focusing on nature-based solutions; and, 4) provide floodplain managers with tools that integrate climate change and hazard risk information with strategies that advance flood reduction and habitat restoration goals.
Coastal Resilience provides communities, planners, and officials with easy access to information to assist in coastal planning and management decisions regarding resources at risk from sea level rise and coastal hazards. This information is accessible through an interactive decision support tool. With the Future Scenarios Mapper, users can characterize current conditions and visualize the ecological, social and economic impacts of reasonable future flooding scenarios.
These interactive maps are available for regions in the Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico and Central America, and the United States.
There are several tutorial videos available to support user navigation of Coastal Resilience.