Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference addressed a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of the Columbia Climate School and its Earth Institute, brought together over 900 stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis was on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations.
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Researchers are looking at what drives climate migration, and how it might best be handled.
At the Managed Retreat conference, hosted by Columbia Climate School, researchers emphasized the need to work together with communities on climate adaptation.
At Columbia Climate School’s Managed Retreat conference, local and international academics, scientists, and community members will join representatives from different sectors to discuss managed retreat, habitability, and climate justice.
Do decisions like State Farm’s aid in moving people out of harm’s way? Climate School experts discuss.
Self-determination, recognition of historical drivers of climate risk, and a new approach to buyouts, according to participants at a recent conference.
At this year’s Managed Retreat conference, experts discussed the limitations and future potential of government buyout programs.
Understanding how people will respond to climate dangers depends not only on top-down data, but also on bottom-up community engagement.
From June 22 to 25, the Managed Retreat conference will examine the thorny questions around relocating homes and communities away from growing threats.
How the Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribe in Long Island, NY, transformed a desolate and barren stretch of shoreline to protect their land from erosion and sea-level rise
Hundreds of experts gathered on campus to discuss possibilities for protecting coastal communities and withdrawing when we can no longer safely inhabit our coastlines.
2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa (CIS)
Climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction of Guwahati in the context of dynamic growth
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