Complexity of Community Relocation in the Face of Environmental Challenges

Complexity of Community Relocation in the Face of Environmental Challenges

 

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.

Synopsis

“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. https://doi.org/10.17226/27213.)

ISBN: 978-0-309-70872-2
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/27213

© 2024 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

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Strengthening Resiliency with The Community Disaster Resilience Zones Act

Disaster resilience by providing resources to the most at-risk and in-need communities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting comments on the Federal Register Request for Information (RFI) in support of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) efforts to implement the Community Disaster Resilience Zones (CDRZ) Act of 2022. Signed into law by President Biden on December 20th, 2022, the CDRZ Act strengthens disaster resilience across our nation by providing resources to underserved communities and vulnerable populations. Further, the community disaster resilience zones gain support to access federal funds, helping resilience project stakeholders to mitigate risks and reduce impacts, caused by climate extremes and natural hazards. Also, the CDRZ Act enables communities to collaborate across a broad spectrum of federal and private sector partners, maximizing government funding and providing technical assistance. Accordingly, FEMA is hosting a series of listening sessions in support of CDRZ.

About the Community Disaster Resilience Zones Act of 2022

Public Law No: 117-255 (12/20/2022). This act requires the President to continue to maintain a natural hazard assessment program that develops and maintains publicly available products to show the risk of natural hazards across the United States. Such products shall show the risk of natural hazards and include ratings and data for loss exposure, social vulnerability, community resilience, and any other element determined by the President. The President shall (1) review the underlying methodology of any product that is a natural hazard risk assessment and receive public input on the methodology and data used for the product, and (2) consider including additional data in any product that is a natural disaster hazard risk assessment. Additionally, the President must conduct such reviews to evaluate and update the assessments at least every five years. Using the reviewed assessments, the President must periodically identify and designate community disaster resilience zones (CDRZs), which shall be (1) the 50 census tracts assigned the highest individual hazard risk ratings; and (2) in each state, not less than 1% of census tracts that are assigned a high individual risk rating, taking into consideration specified geographic balance. The President may provide financial, technical, or other assistance to an eligible entity (a state, Indian tribal government, or local government) that plans to perform a resilience or mitigation project within, or that primarily benefits, a CDRZ.

About ClimaTwin®

ClimaTwin® is a leading climate risk intelligence solution for infrastructure assets and the built environment.

We empower infrastructure stakeholders to mitigate climate risks and assess adaptation actions across the total asset lifecycle. By connecting complex climate models and infrastructure digital twins, our solution enables engineers, owner-operators, and governments to aggregate, visualize, and analyze disparate datasets, revealing site-specific insights at a hyper-local scale. Benefits include 5-10x near-term returns and lifetime cost-avoidance by mitigating risks to systems, services, and societies.

To learn more about climate risk intelligence for your infrastructure assets, please visit www.climatwin.com today.

© 2023 ClimaTwin Corp.

ClimaTwin® is a registered trademark of ClimaTwin Corp. ClimaTwin Basic™, ClimaTwin Enterprise™, the ClimaTwin logo, and Climate Risk Intelligence for Infrastructure Digital Twins™ are trademarks of ClimaTwin Corp. All rights reserved.

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