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Atlantic and Gulf Coast Resiliency Project

Delivering Information and Tools for Increasing Resilience and Adaptation of Communities and Priority Coastal Resources across the Network of Coastal LCCs

This project will coordinate, synthesize and deliver coastal resilience information, activities and lessons learned across the coastal portion of the Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) network. The project will deliver existing coastal resilience and adaptation information to communities and, where feasible, prioritize conservation actions to increase the resilience of both coastal communities and natural resources.

Coastal change is an important issue for all coastal regions of the LCC Network, yet there are vast differences in the tools and information available across coastal regions. While the key uncertainties may differ across the Network, all coastal LCCs have been working to advance coastal resilience and adaptation. In some coastal areas, there are significant resources available to communities to understand coastal change and the discussions are now focused upon adaptation and incorporating natural resource considerations. In other regions, few tools exist for either communities or resource managers to address observed and predicted coastal change. The ultimate goal for LCCs is to have decision makers informed about the potential impacts, adaptation strategies and management approaches that incorporate both ecological and human communities in their decisions, as well as provide a range of ecosystem services through natural and nature-based approaches.

This one-year pilot project will relate existing projections of sea level rise (SLR) and storm impacts to habitats and populations of priority fish and wildlife species across their range. It will assess restoration and management alternatives for increasing persistence and resilience of these habitats and species and how these alternatives relate to the use of natural and nature-based approaches to community resilience. Actions could delay or preclude listing of species that are sensitive to sea level rise, help sustain and recover listed species, and maintain economically important fish and wildlife populations.

Expected products and tools culminating from these efforts include:

1)    Compilation and synthesis of existing Gulf and Atlantic Coast coastal ecological and community resilience information, including SLR and storm impacts to system response; thresholds of viability for priority fish, wildlife and plant species under different rates of SLR; restoration and management alternatives completed, underway or planned; existing and planned efforts to use natural and nature-based approaches to increase community resilience.

2)    Assess opportunities to relate ecological and community resilience approaches.

3)    Provide assistance/guidance to incorporate species and habitat information into community resilience planning.

4)    Summary of additional science needs and approaches to address information gaps.

5)    Final results compiled and made available through a comprehensive report, website(s), and/or data portal(s).

 

LCC Staff Contact: Emily Powell

A core team is being formed to provide direct input to project documents and deliverables, and an advisory team will provide overall guidance and direction throughout the project's duration. Members represent the six coastal LCCs across the region and partner organizations, including the Gulf Restoration Program, USGS Climate Science Centers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An initial kick-off meeting was held in August and the core team met for the first time in early October.

Individual project documents and final products will be posted here as they become available.

$120,000

Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, from Maine to Texas, and the Caribbean

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