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Louisiana, USA: Our land and water: A regional approach to adaptation

During the next 50 years, Louisiana is projected to lose more land and wetlands along its coast than it can rebuild, even if restoration efforts are completed as currently planned. With less wetland buffer, the state’s coastal regions face increased storm surge and flood risk that will impact families and communities in ways large and small, acute and chronic.

To develop visions of tomorrow’s communities, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA Safe) team led a grassroots effort across six parishes to gather information and adaptation ideas while harnessing the experience and ingenuity of local citizens. 

The goal of this regional adaptation strategy is to establish a framework for preparing Louisiana’s coastal areas to adapt to 50-year projections of land loss. This strategy is intended to: 

  • - Establish a framework for working across multiple jurisdictions
  • - Provide examples of regional coordination; and
  • - Build sustainable, vibrant communities that combine LA SAFE’s adaptation measures with Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast structural projects by managing water by watershed; developing connected, walkable communities on higher ground; creating regional transportation options for all types of users; establishing regional economic development programs; and providing shared recreational and cultural opportunities.

​This regional adaptation strategy provides an overview of the LA SAFE program and the process and products of the LA SAFE effort in the six parishes. It addresses current regional coordination entities and efforts, highlights big trends that became apparent during the LA SAFE process, and explores options for regional governance strategies. The strategy also provides goals and strategies to achieve the LA SAFE vision. Additional information on the background, research, analysis, planning process, and stakeholder engagement involved in this initiative can be found in the document's chapters as well as in the six LA SAFE Parish Adaptation Strategies. 

Keywords

  • Themes:Civil Society/NGOs, Climate Change, Community-based DRR, Environment & Ecosystems, Governance
  • Hazards:Flood, Storm Surge
  • Countries/Regions:United States of America

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/65531

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