In the U.S. and around the world, communities are balancing the need for adequate land for green infrastructure and natural spaces to help make communities more resilient with existing structures and housing that is at increasing risk from climate change. In this session of our Connecting for Conservation webinar series, we discussed community resilience and adaptation – and specifically managed retreat: the purposeful, coordinated movement of people, infrastructure, and communities away from a variety of climate related hazards such as sea level rise, flood, or prolonged drought. We heard from two organizations that have recently released reports on managed retreat about how it is part of a broader adaptation and resilience strategy in City of New York.

Micah McMillan

Senior Analyst, Natural Resources and Environment, ‎U.S. Government Accountability Office

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Joe Thompson

Assistant Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability Office

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Katie Spidalieri

Senior Associate, Georgetown Climate Center

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Lauren Wang

‎Senior Policy Advisor – ‎NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency

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Lida Aljabar

Senior Climate Resiliency Planner – ‎NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

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Date Start Time End Time
Sep. 8, 2020 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Contact Information

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Key Themes

  • Climate adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Community-based conservation
  • Conservation funding and finance
  • Diversity equity inclusion
  • Resiliency
  • Urban nature