The impacts of climate change are being seen and felt by coastal communities across the world as increased intensity and frequency of storms and hurricanes, coupled with sea level rise, are changing the land and seascape dramatically, forcing cities, organizations, and nations to reconsider how and where to invest its coastal resources. These storms and floods affect hundreds of millions of people, important infrastructure, and tourism, with significant losses to local and national economies and livelihoods.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has over 60 years of experience in conservation and restoration of coastal habitats and ecosystems, and is dedicated to protecting nature for people today and for future generations.
Since 2007, TNC has led the development of Coastal Resilience, an approach and online decision support tool to help address the devastating effects of climate change and natural disasters.
Coastal Resilience is a public-private partnership between:
- The Nature Conservancy
- United Nations University
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- U.S. Geological Survey
- The Natural Capital Project
- Association of State Floodplain Managers
- University of California at Santa Cruz
- University of Southern Mississippi, Esri
- The Alliance for Development Works
- International Federation of the Red Cross
- Global Disaster Preparedness Center
An accompanying online mapping tool provides support for planners, government officials, and communities to develop risk reduction, restoration and resilience strategies.
The web mapping decision support tool includes a data-viewing platform and suite of web apps designed and tailored to meet specific planning needs, including coastal management policies, post-storm disaster decision-making, community assessments, hazard mitigation plans or cost effectiveness evaluations.
The Coastal Resilience niche is in identifying nature-based or green infrastructure solutions, where coastal communities can increase their resilience by effectively protecting, restoring and sustainably managing their natural resources while strengthening local capacity for climate adaptation.