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Working with CT’s Coastal Communities in the Aftermath of Major Storms-Collaborations and Barriers

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST

In the aftermath of Storms Irene and Sandy, Connecticut Sea Grant has responded to community needs regarding climate adaptation and resilience. With funding from NOAA/National Sea Grant, we have partnered on projects that include a Connecticut Shoreline Change Analysis, Emergency Preparedness workshops, Coastal Storm Awareness research, development of a Climate Adaptation Academy, development of a report highlighting best practices for climate adaptation in the North Atlantic region, and assisted with the development of the new Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation. Numerous key partnerships and collaborations have moved projects forward. Each project has its own set of positive outcomes and obstacles. In Connecticut we are fortunate to have stakeholders who understand and value the need for climate resilience, with funding often the major obstacle to forward movement. Also, because Connecticut has municipal based government, decisions are largely made on a town-by-town basis, while storms and climate do not recognize such boundaries. We are working with towns to determine adaptation and resilience issues that can be discussed and managed on a regional basis while still respecting home rule.
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