[GWSG] Time for Community-Driven Relocation Planning

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Tue Jan 23 18:44:41 EST 2024

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine this month published Community-Driven Relocation: Recommendations for the US Gulf Coast Region and Beyond. https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2024/01/recovery-agencies-should-proactively-plan-for-community-relocation-before-and-after-climate-disasters-says-new-report?utm_source=Division+on+Earth+and+Life+Studies&utm_campaign=866df6a4a8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_08_21_12_33_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-b68c9e7dbf-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D&mc_cid=866df6a4a8&mc_eid=22b8fa0ce9

The report (linked at the bottom of the news notice above) looks to be occasioned by a Community-Driven Relocation Subcommittee established by the Biden Administration in 2022 and co-chaired by representatives from FEMA and the Department of the Interior. https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/fema-efforts-advancing-community-driven-relocation

It is time for federal agencies such as FEMA, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Department of Housing and Urban Development to  foster proactive planning for the relocation of communities under pressure from climate change.  “For successful relocation, community input should drive the planning process, and policies at the federal, state, and local levels should focus on prioritizing well-being and the establishment of equitable decision-making processes.”

Relocation now is commonly undertaken reactively as disaster recovery. Pressures from wealthy interests will result only in piecemeal approaches, such as the current bill in the FL legislature to increase the general indebtedness for costly coastal property through expansion of Citizens Property Insurance. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/florida-lawmakers-looking-to-raise-citizens-property-coverage-cap-for-homes-valued-over-700k/ar-AA1n525E Just and equitable reestablishment of communities will result only from careful and deliberate planning. Determined planning now would allow us to establish sustainable communities in which we could look forward to living.
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