Community-Driven Relocation: Recommendations for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region and Beyond provides a comprehensive and insightful examination of the complex issues surrounding community relocation in the face of environmental challenges. The book, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, thoroughly analyzes the social, economic, and environmental factors that drive the need for relocation in the U.S. Gulf Coast region and provides recommendations for effective and equitable relocation processes.

The book presents a range of case studies and examples of community-driven relocation initiatives, offering valuable insights into the diverse challenges and opportunities accompanying such efforts. It also addresses the ethical considerations and potential injustices that may arise in forced relocation, stressing the importance of community involvement and agency in the decision-making process.

The authors demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the complex dynamics in relocation efforts and provide thoughtful recommendations for policymakers, community leaders, and other stakeholders. The book is invaluable for readers interested in understanding the complexities of community-driven relocation and seeking practical guidance for implementing successful relocation initiatives. Community-Driven Relocation is a timely and informative contribution to the ongoing discourse on climate-related displacement and community resilience.


“Between 1980 and mid-2023, 232 billion-dollar disasters occurred in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, with the number of disasters doubling annually since 2018. The variety and frequency of storms have exacerbated historic inequalities and led to cycles of displacement and chronic stress for communities across the region. While disaster displacement is not a new phenomenon, the rapid escalation of climate-related disasters in the Gulf increases the urgency to develop pre-disaster policies to mitigate displacement and decrease suffering. Yet, neither the region nor the nation has a consistent and inclusionary process to address risks, raise awareness, or explore options for relocating communities away from environmental risks while seeking out and honoring their values and priorities.”

“Community-Driven Relocation: Recommendations for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region and Beyond examines how people and infrastructure relocate and why community input should drive the planning process. This report provides recommendations to guide a path for federal, state, and local policies and programs to improve on and expand existing systems to better serve those most likely to be displaced by climate change.”

Contributor(s): National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Board on Environmental Change and Society; Committee on Population; Committee on Managed Retreat in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region.

(Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Community-Driven Relocation: Recommendations for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region and Beyond. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

ISBN: 978-0-309-70872-2

© 2024 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

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