Upcoming Events

Building Resilience Through Actionable Science Gulf Coast Workshops

Jun. 6, 2017 - Jun. 9, 2017

A study funded collaboratively by the South Central CSC, Southeast CSC, and Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC titled Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Wetlands in the Face of Sea-level Rise and Coastal Development will be featured in several upcoming stakeholder workshops.

The workshops are being organized by the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) and the Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Whole Systems Program (TNC). These discussion-based workshops are designed to introduce attendees to the findings from the WARC’s work on tidal saline wetland migration and from TNC’s work on open space protection in the Gulf area. Participants will then discuss potential applications of these findings in land use, conservation, and flood mitigation planning, and how customization of these products might make them more useful for future decision-making.

Registration is free but space is limited and registration is required. You can register for the Lake Charles, LA and Biloxi, MS workshops here.

About the Organizers

Coastal Wetland Migration – USGS
In the 21st century, accelerated sea-level rise and continued coastal development are expected to greatly alter coastal landscapes across the globe. In a recent study funded jointly by the Southeast and South Central CSCs, Dr. Michael Osland, Nicholas Enwright, and Kereen Griffith identified areas where tidal saline wetlands may adapt via landward migration along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. These analyses provided information that can be used to identify migration corridors and develop future-focused sea-level rise adaptation strategies that will improve the potential that the ecosystem goods and services provided by these wetlands will continue to be available for future generations.

Open Space – The Nature Conservancy
TNC’s Dr. Christine Shepard partnered with Dr. Sam Brody and Dr. Wes Highfield, both of Texas A&M University, to identify which watersheds across the Gulf coast are the best targets for strategic land conservation to both reduce flood risk and conserve biodiversity. The analysis identified 421 watersheds along the Gulf of Mexico that have both high likelihood of flood damages and high conservation value.  A selection of these watersheds is being targeted for workshops devoted to a discussion of open space protection as a flood risk reduction and conservation strategy.

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Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning Course (An ITEP Workshop)

Jun. 6, 2017 - Jun. 8, 2017

Albuquerque, NM

This course is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. The course will provide an introduction to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes. Since the course will focus on climate change impacts in the Southwest region, environmental professionals from that region are encouraged to attend.

The course is hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), whose mission is to strengthen tribal capacity and sovereignty in environmental and natural resource management through culturally relevant education, research, partnerships and policy-based services.

Register here! Applications received by Friday, April 28, 2017, will have priority consideration.

Space is limited, so please be sure to get your application in as soon as possible. ITEP will pay lodging costs and reimburse per diem for selected tribal participants specifically tribal environmental staff and tribal members. All participants are responsible for their own transportation costs (airfare, taxis, shuttle service, mileage, etc.). 

If you would prefer to receive and fill out a pdf application form, please contact Colleen Davis whose contact information is provided below.

Email Colleen.Davis@nau.edu
Phone: (928) 523-6327
Fax: (928) 523-1266
Mail: Colleen Davis, ITEP Climate Change Program; Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals; PO Box 15004; Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5004

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