Scores of Inuit delegates from Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Chukotka, Russia will gather next year in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the community formerly known as Barrow, for the organization's 13th general assembly, following a decision April 3 by the Inuit Circumpolar Council's executive council.
APA is one of six key partners united behind a new effort called the "Naturally Resilient Communities," or NRC, program that promotes the role nature-based solutions can play in helping reduce flood risk for communities while providing other benefits, such as improved water quality and enhanced recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat — all of which positively impacts local economies. Together, we collectively represent county governments, professional engineers, community planners, floodplain managers and conservationists.
Online at NRCSolutions.org, the partners have created a guide of nature-based solutions and related case studies of successful projects to help communities learn more and identify those solutions that might work best for them. This tool:
- Enables end users to be able to understand and consider the suite of nature-based infrastructure options available at given locations based upon the type of issue to be addressed (e.g. stormwater, flooding, or erosion control/reduction)
- Describes how projects, such as wetland restoration, oyster reef construction, or beach dune restoration, can be used to address flooding issues facing these communities
- Provides an understanding of the ability of natural infrastructure to contribute to reducing risks and to provide a suite of other benefits.
- Provides real world examples of success stories related to the implementation of natural infrastructure projects; and
- Broadens the understanding of when such projects may be appropriate so they can be considered as part of the many regular and ongoing planning and project development activities undertaken by communities.
The guide also includes a collection of case studies that further articulate key steps in the process of developing natural infrastructure projects, identify specific types of natural infrastructure applications that can be implemented in a diverse set of geographies (e.g., wetland restoration), address a specific set of impacts (e.g., riverine flooding in industrialized waterfronts), or serve as iconic stories that create a compelling and memorable narrative around the use of natural infrastructure.
At the onset of the campaign, the political outlook was bleak,” says Claire Douglass, Climate & Energy Campaign Director at Oceana. Though Oceana’s Atlantic offshore campaign had been building slowly for years, it kicked into high gear in early 2015 after the Obama administration included East Coast drilling in its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development in the Outer Continental Shelf.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- The Forest Service's Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science created the online Adaptation Workbook as an interactive version of the practical workbook. The online workbook was recently updated to include an updated design, climate information across the entire United States, and resources that support urban forestry and agriculture, in addition to forest management projects. Visit the Adaptation Workbook Web site. The workbook was also supported by USDA's Climate Hubs and Michigan Technological University.
The Nature Conservancy publishes Beyond The Source: The environmental, economic and community benefits of source water protection
The lands around our water sources serve as vital water infrastructure for cities around the world. These lands collect, store and filter our water, and when managed well, can provide a number of additional benefits to people and nature. Beyond the Source, a new report from The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Natural Capital Project, Forest Trends, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Latin American Water Funds Partnership, seeks to illustrate how nature-based solutions can be implemented at a scale that will make a visible difference in our collective pursuit to create a sustainable world and improve the lives of billions of people.
FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Program presents: 2017 Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series
WHAT: The FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning team introduces the Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series for 2017. Each month we will spend 1 hour discussing a different mitigation planning topic. We will provide best practices, highlight work from Region 10 tribes, states, and cities, and have guest speakers share their experience with of mitigation plans and mitigation planning.
In September, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed AB 2480 into law. This bill established that “source watersheds are recognized and defined as integral components of California’s water infrastructure.” The conservation think tank Pacific Forest Trust created the bill together with its author, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).