Building the Community of Practice to support Natural and Nature-based Approaches to Resilience

Building the Community of Practice to support Natural and Nature-based Approaches to Resilience

Organizer: 
Kim Penn
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Time Slot: 
Luncheon Sessions Day 2
Session Type: 
Working Group
Abstract: 

Natural and nature-based features provide effective solutions for adapting to climate impacts and building resilience in communities. Communities are employing these approaches to address sea level rise, mitigate coastal flooding, enhance public health and protect critical infrastructure. Employing these solutions requires science to test the effectiveness of different approaches, policies that enable implementation, and funding to support projects. Over the past 5 years, NAF has provided an important venue for the SAGE (Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering) community of practice to communicate, connect, and collaborate to build new partnerships across sectors to advance science, policy and finance in support of natural infrastructure. In parallel, an NSF-funded Research Collaboration Network, known by the same acronym, Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the coastal Environment (SAGE), has also been working across geographies and disciplines to build a community to better inform and advance resilient coastal infrastructure decisions. These two networks have begun to explore how to build a more robust network together. Many of the practitioners engaged in the SAGEs actively participate in NAF, and would value an opportunity to develop a coordinated and strategic plan for the future through a facilitated workshop. A small group of individuals who are active in both SAGEs have identified a project (evaluating natural infrastructure projects pre- and post- implementation in Maryland) to use as a focus for the planning. Membership in both networks is open to individuals across sectors and disciplines, and so a workshop would also provide a venue to grow the larger community.

Co-organizers:

Elisabeth Hamin, University of Massachusetts
Chris Hilke, NWF
Melissa Kenney, University of Maryland
Kim Penn, NOAA
Bhaskar Subramanian, Maryland DNR
Susan Taylor, Taylor Resilience LLC