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By Hyun Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher, ND-GAIN

Researchers from the Univeresity of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin, University of Georgia and Ohio State University hope to examine coastal community resilience in the Gulf region. The research, “Enhancing climate adaptation and disaster resilience in coastal communities: Incorporating science-based role play simulations into food and health security” is intended to elaborate on the explicit links between community well-being, vulnerability and resilience to the threat from climate and environmental changes.

This project aims at better understanding how sustainable community development practices can increase resiliency and capacity in the Gulf coastal communities (in particular Baton Rouge and Gulfport-Biloxi areas). By applying community-based participatory research and community-based adaptation practices, the team would provide community members, policymakers or stakeholder groups with insights into processes of creating healthy, sustainable, and equitable and resilient coastal communities.

By Natalie Ambrosio, ND-GAIN Intern

COP22 was the conference of action. It’s time to implement the Paris Agreement. Amidst the first week of this international meeting of climate action leaders, the United States elected Donald Trump as president. The grim mood that consequently settled on the conference in Marrakech, Morocco did not eliminate the hopeful determination of the climate leaders.

One of the themes of COP22 was urban adaptation. As risks and vulnerability are specific to each city, with its own set of social, environmental and economic factors, enabling local leaders to implement climate adaptation is imperative. The Paris Climate Agreement calls for developed nations to contribute to an international fund for climate adaptation in developing nations. While some may understand this as a crucial humanitarian action, it can also be viewed as a strategic economic plan.

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