Workshop focuses on managed retreat and climate change

Portrait photo of Prof. A.R. Siders
Prof. A.R. Siders Photo: University of Delaware

A national expert in climate adaptation policies related to the relocation of people and assets away from risk will be the keynote speaker at “Managed Retreat in the Age of Climate Change,” a workshop that will be hosted by Connecticut Sea Grant and the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR).

The workshop, the seventh in the Climate Adaptation Academy series, will take place on from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 20 at Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Road, Madison.

A.R. Siders, assistant professor in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware, will give the keynote address, leading into discussion and examples highlighting the legal, social and practical questions raised when considering retreat from coastal areas vulnerable to sea level rise and other climate change impacts.

Questions that will be considered during the workshop include: Is retreat a good or a bad idea? Will we be forced to retreat due to sea level rise in 30 years or 50 years? What does it mean to a community and how do we manage it?

Flier for Climate Adaptation Academy Workshop titled "Managed Retreat in the Age of Climate Change"Siders’ areas of expertise include: research on climate adaptation policies with an emphasis on managed retreat;  environmental justice; how communities can adapt to climate change and climate-related hazards; and the national security implications of climate change. She is a member of the Climagration Network, Ocean Visions and the Global Center for Climate Resilience.

The workshop is designed for municipal and state officials, land use professionals and members of the interested public. In addition to CT Sea Grant and UConn Clear, additional sponsors are the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Office of Responsible Growth, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association and the UConn College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

A pdf of the flier with a link to registration and cost information can be found here.

For information, contact Bruce Hyde at: bruce.hyde@uconn.edu or at: (860) 345-5229; or Juliana Barrett at: juliana.barrett@uconn.edu or at: (860) 405-9106.