News from Our Partners

Congratulations to Our American Planning Association Partners

Our American Planning Association (APA) Digital Coast partners Jim Schwab, manager of the APA Hazards Planning Center, and David Rouse, managing director for research and advisory services, have been elected to the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows. This is one of the highest honors the institute bestows upon its members.

Summit 2016 Call for Proposals: Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice

Join Restore America’s Estuaries and The Coastal Society for Summit 2016: Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice. This semi-annual gathering brings together over 1,000 coastal restoration and management practitioners to discuss lessons learned, coastal issues, and paths forward for future resilience. The summit is December 10 to 15, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The call for proposals will close on May 2, 2016.

Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice Workshop

Bringing together individuals from all forms of government, nonprofits, academia, and the private sector, the Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice shares lessons learned and best practices related to climate communication and adaptation. Join the community for the 2016 workshop, April 13 to 15, 2016, on Tybee Island, Georgia. The workshop will increase climate literacy for all participants and provide a venue to share tools, training, and resources on climate information. It has also been approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers through the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

New Online Guide to the Community Resilience Building Workshop

The need for governments, corporations, and organizations to build community resilience to hazards is strikingly evident. As a response to this ever-increasing need, the Nature Conservancy has created an online guide to its Community Resilience Building Workshop. After a decade of development, 35 communities tried, tested, and now trust this workshop, which employs an inclusive community-driven process, rich with information, experience, and dialogue. The workshop guides participants in identifying top hazards, current challenges, strengths, and high-priority actions to improve resilience to all natural and climate-related hazards today and in the future.

2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference

Learn from regional colleagues at the 2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience conference, September 12 to 14, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference gathers practitioners, researchers, and staff members from local, state, and federal agencies to share information about climate-related tools, resources, and activities in the Carolinas. The call for session proposals is now open.

Natural Solutions

Natural Solutions Help to Reduce Flood Risk

Threats from flooding are greatly increasing, with average flood losses now topping $10 billion per year. The Nature Conservancy is now working with communities to invest in a mixture of natural approaches for reducing flood risks. By combining wetlands, marshes, and forests with existing levees and flood walls, or “gray infrastructure,” communities have a better chance of successfully mitigating impacts.

Nature Serve Vista

NatureServe Vista for ArcGIS Now Supports State and Ecoregional Projects

NatureServe Vista is a powerful, flexible tool that integrates conservation values within many planning and assessment activities, such as land use, transportation, energy, natural resources, and ecosystem-based management in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments. The tool was recently updated to include new features. See the updates and get the tool.

Climate Communication Training at the Social Coast Forum

Sign Up Now for Climate Communication Training at the Social Coast Forum

There’s still time to register! Two environmental communication experts, Susi Moser and Cara Pike, are leading “Effective Community Engagement and Adaptation Communication” at the Social Coast Forum. In this course, trainees will learn and practice ways to generate greater community interest in being part of local climate solutions, create meaningful engagement opportunities, deal with climate contrarians, and navigate the emotionally charged territory of people’s responses to climate disruption. Find more information here.

City of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, Develops Sea Level Rise Strategy

Flooding and sea level rise are issues the City of Charleston, South Carolina, is experiencing at an increasing rate. In the 1970s, Charleston experienced two days of tidal flooding per year, but by 2045 the city is predicted to see 180 days of flooding annually. The city’s Sea Level Rise Strategy Plan is a comprehensive list of initiatives, some of which will be completed in the next two years and some that still need prioritizing. The city aims to be on the cutting edge of best practices for flood mitigation.

Wetland Study

No Need to Leave Breathing Room when Restoring Wetlands

Those restoring wetlands long believed that leaving space between plants helped them thrive by decreasing the competition for light, nutrients, and other resources. However, new research is showing that bunching plants together actually increases wetland restoration success. The Duke University-led study took place in Florida and the Netherlands and saw a 107 percent boost in survival rates when plants were clumped and left with little-to-no room between individuals.