Coastal Resilience is an approach that supports decisions to reduce the ecological and socio-economic risks of coastal hazards. The Nature Conservancy and partners including the Natural Capital Project, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Southern Mississippi, United Nations University, Association of State Floodplain Managers, and many local municipalities and stakeholders are advancing this approach by creating a global network for Coastal Resilience to support adaptation planning and post-storm redevelopment decisions.
The approach includes 4 critical elements:
Assess Risk and Vulnerability to coastal hazards including alternative scenarios for current and future storms and sea level rise with community input
Identify Solutions for reducing vulnerability focusing on joint solutions across social, economic and ecological systems
Take Action to help communities develop and implement solutions
Measure Effectiveness to ensure that our efforts to reduce disaster risk and apply ecosystem-based adaptation are successful