Meetings conclude through December in Jefferson, LaFourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes.
The result of two months of research and planning, these draft strategies follow a third round of meetings at the parish level, where residents engaged in interactive roundtable activities that showed the LA SAFE team what types of projects, programs and policy recommendations work best for their parish.
Residents across six parishes began to draft adaptation plans after reviewing data, feedback from local communities
With two rounds of LA SAFE meetings completed, momentum builds as parish residents continue hard work
Over the past several months, more than 1,000 residents of coastal parishes came together in public meetings to share their visions of how they would like to build stronger, safer communities.
Small group meetings next step towards development of coastal community adaptation plans
The public meetings, coordinated by LA SAFE and partners including Foundation for Louisiana, help give coastal residents a broad and often historical overview of how the coastline has come to suffer from the kind of erosion that's threatening the economic, cultural and social fabrics of diverse communities. But then as the meetings continue, residents learn how they can become participants and leaders in their own future as they learn to recognize and adapt to challenges by recognizing opportunities.
FFL will work with the state’s Office of Community Development on LA SAFE (Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments), which will create a community-focused resilience and adaptation policy framework to complement the state’s Coastal Master Plan.
The Cohort 2 meetings run concurrently with the Cohort 3 meetings in an effort to provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process.
LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development) the Coast was developed to enhance local capacity and recognize the thought leadership, traditional knowledge, and valuable input that exists within a community.
These sessions will provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process.
Foundation for Louisiana sees opportunities amid the challenges. With your help, we continue to support a range of innovative strategies for promoting community resiliency.
Training begins Nov. 5. Skills from this training will be useful for other work where residents may be involved. The information will break down the science, policies and realities facing Louisiana's coastal communities. Residents trained in this program will also have a chance to be employed as Community Fellows throughout FFL's coastal community engagement and planning efforts. This program will provide payment for participation, childcare, breakfast and lunch each day and cover travel expenses.
FFL’s 2nd Core Committee meeting helps Plaquemines Parish leaders plan for engagement on coastal challenges
This 2nd Core Committee Meeting was sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana through its Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund and continued the work that began with an initial gathering that called for community leaders to participate. The latest meeting was held at the Belle Chasse Auditorium and was facilitated by members of a multi-group Support Team that includes the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Gulf Restoration Network, Concordia, and FFL among others. Leaders included respected neighbors, a few elected officials, business people as well as community advocates.
“Restoration on the Half Shell” informs citizens, stakeholders on key issues during State of the Coast 2016
This “mini-conference” was co-sponsored by the Foundation for Louisiana in conjunction with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, The Water Campus and other interests. State of the Coast was presented by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and The Water Institute of the Gulf.
Friday's "Restoration on the Half Shell" explains restoration, protection challenges during State of the Coast
The half-day mini-conference is co-sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana, so that we can continue to support coastal residents as important stakeholders in their own future.
In order to face the resulting challenges of losing land and a rising sea level in Coastal Louisiana, an abundance of NGOs, business groups, and philanthropists is growing alongside increasing government agency participation at the federal, state, and local scale. Often, this multiplicity of interested players and government agencies can contribute to duplicative as well as absent efforts and simultaneously leave economic inequalities to be exposed by relevant disasters. Coupled with the multiplicity of interwoven efforts, plans and commitments have been established throughout various agencies within local, state, and federal government.
Williams will work directly with the Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee and FFL’s partners and allies to generate effective practice and policy strategies. She also will lead the development of the Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund.
An Analysis of Coastal Restoration Workforce Assets, Challenges and Opportunities in South Louisiana
December 2014 report published by from Foundation for Louisiana and Greater New Orleans, Inc.