By Tina Whitman, Science Director, Friends of the San Juans
In San Juan County Washington, private shoreline property owners are critical partners in efforts to protect nearshore habitat while addressing the impacts of sea level rise. This is because over 90% of San Juan County’s 400 shoreline miles are privately owned. To help develop these partnerships, Friends of the San Juans has completed extensive sea level rise research at the parcel level, created communication tools, and conducted extensive outreach to all San Juan County waterfront landowners.
By Lili Bastian, Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow at the Washington State Department of Ecology
In June, Washington Sea Grant’s Ian Miller gave an introduction to the first objective of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP): developing and communicating localized sea level projections using a probabilistic framework for Washington State. To assist local governments in using these projections effectively for shoreline planning decisions, the second objective of the WCRP, led by the Department of Ecology (Ecology), seeks to improve and coordinate the planning guidance of Washington state agencies (Ecology, the Department of Commerce, the Emergency Management Division, and others) so that local governments have a clear and comprehensive framework of planning tools available to address sea level rise.
Robert Pirani and Laura Tolkoff, writing for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, have published "Lessons from Sandy." Highlights of this meaty document include:
- their definition of resilience: "the capacity to recover quickly from shocks and stressors while at the same time reducing future risk."
As they put it, “Resilience” emerged as a buzzword after Hurricane Sandy, but it has existed in many disciplines to describe a system’s capacity to recover from adversity. In the urban context, resilience is a community’s ability to rebound quickly from shocks and stressors while at the same time reducing future risk (Rodin and Garris 2012). Implicit in this definition is the focus on iterative learning, adapting in the face of adversity, and risk reduction. By incorporating resilience as a goal for planning, investment, and operations, metropolitan areas can become less vulnerable over time. Importantly, resilience is about managing known risks but also about preparing for the unpredictable. Consequently, resilience requires solutions that are robust across many future conditions, with multiple lines of defense, and with opportunities to learn as uncertainties become known."
-a holistic view of resilience, which meshes together disaster relief, insurance and flood risks, infrastructure and science.
-recommendations for federal actions (which begin on page 34). This is particularly relevant to those of us who are involved with the President's Adaptation Task Force right now.
You can view the document here and a link will be in the library going forward.
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