New Report Highlights,30 Recommendations to Make,Coastal Communities More Resilient

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The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) released a new report, A Resilient Future for Coastal Communities: Federal Policy Recommendations from Solutions in Practice , which highlights 30 specific policy recommendations to support community resilience to extreme weather, erosion, flooding, sea level rise, and other hazards exacerbated by climate change. Coastal communities are at the frontlines of climate change, and 40 percent of Americans—130 million people—live along our ocean and Great Lakes shorelines.

EESI’s report—designed as a practical resource for Congress, federal agencies, and the public—represents a distillation of the findings, recommendations, and case studies identified during EESI’s Congressional briefing series on Regional Coastal Resilience . Between June 2019 and June 2020, EESI organized 16 briefings featuring 42 coastal resilience experts, practitioners, and community leaders from Alaska, the Caribbean, the Great Lakes, the Gulf Coast, Hawaii, the Northeast, the Southeast, and the West Coast. These briefing panelists covered topics ranging from climate data to nature-based solutions to coastal retreat.

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