ART Program to Lead Panel at National Adaptation Forum

The Adapting to Rising Tides Program will be leading a panel at the National Adaptation Forum, being held May 9-11 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The panel titled, People Centered Planning for Resilient Communities, will include Amy Chester, Managing Director of Rebuild by Design, Allison Brooks of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative and representatives from local community groups. The focus of the panel will be how to reframe  climate adaptation planning and preparation to focus on people and communities first.  The current process usually begins with the reviewing and analyzing the assets, followed by an evaluation of how damage or loss of their services will impact the people and communities that rely on them. Around the country, some projects are changing this paradigm by beginning the analysis with the people and communities to understand which assets and issues are most important to them. The panel will discuss what a reframe means for stakeholder participation, priorities and evaluating the risks and the benefits. The panel will also include a discussion on how ensure that the approach taken will allow for not only a people centered planning process, but also an equitable process that focuses on the people and communities most at risk. For more information about the forum go to: