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The ‘R’ Word: Retreat, Relocation and Climate Resilience

March 1, 2019 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am

Climate adaptation efforts are often focused on armoring the built environment against climate risks. But given dire climate projections and the costs associated with retrofits and rebuilding, retreat and relocation should be part of the conversation as well. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum for a discussion about retreat, relocation, and climate resilience. Speakers will touch on the financial, legal and human hurdles to retreat. We will hear stories from around the country of communities and individuals that have successfully moved or are currently grappling with the need to relocate due to climate change and sea level rise.

Final Agenda – Climate Adaptation Forum – Retreat Relocation and Climate Resilience

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Forum Co-Chairs

Nasser Brahim, Technical Leader

Jason Hellendrung, ASLA, PLA, Vice President, Planning and Design
Tetra Tech

Deanna Moran, Director of Environmental Planning
Conservation Law Foundation


Challenges and Lessons Learned from U.S. Retreat

Click to View the Presentation – Siders – March 1 2019

A. R. Siders, J.D., Ph.D., Environmental Fellow
Harvard University Center for the Environment

The Holy Grail: Meaningful Retreat from the Oceanfront

Robert S. Young, Ph.D., Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Western Carolina University

Brief Viewing of “Can’t Stop the Water”

Can’t Stop the Water tells the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana and the Native American community fighting to save its culture as its land washes away.

Legal and Policy Tools for Facilitating Managed Retreat

Click to View the Presentation – Spidalieri – March 1 2019

Katie Spidalieri, J.D., Institute Associate
Georgetown Climate Center

Climigration from the Ground Up: Helping Communities Determine their Own Future

Click to View the Presentation – Hulet – March 1 2019

Carri Hulet, Senior Mediator
Consensus Building Institute
Climigration Network

Registration Information

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Forum: 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


March 1, 2019
7:15 am - 11:45 am


Climate Adaptation Forum


UMass Club
32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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