“Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth moved the current dialogue forward by providing a forum for the second meeting of the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. It also brought together for discussion national, state, and local experts and leaders on current actions being taken to adapt to flooding and coastal change and highlighted key legal and policy matters currently confronting both the public and private sectors.”

We’re fortunate we can share the Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth conference that was held very recently.

Click graphic to visit W&M's Law School website for conference

Click graphic to visit W&M’s Law School website for conference

To view conference, visit link at William & Mary’s Law School website which includes:

    Conference Videos:

    Introductory Remarks & Reports to Commission (1:22:28)
    Second session of the Commission (25:11)
    Senator Kaine’s Keynote Address (57:24)
    FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, and Local Government Liability Panel (1:01:13)
    Adaptation: Market Sector Responses Panel (57:11)
    Social Vulnerability Panel & Voices of Adaptation in Virginia Panel (1:39:20)

    Conference Presentations:

    Jim Redick, Secure Commonwealth Panel Presentation
    Carl Hershner, Climate Commission Report Presentation
    Bill Lesser, NFIP Presentation
    Shannon Hulst Jarbeau, CRS Presentation
    Kristen Clark, Stormwater CRS Presentation
    James Andris, Local Government Liability Presentation
    Scott Hunter, Comparity Insurance Presentation
    Mike Vernon, Flood Mitigation Hampton Roads Presentation
    Lisa Schiavinato, Strict Scrutiny Presentation
    Erica Holloman, Southeast CARE Coalition Presentation
    Sarah Stafford, Social Vulnerability in Mapping
    Molly Mitchell, Virginia Vulnerability Mapping Presentation
    Curt Smith, Adaptation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Last year, the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC) at the William & Mary Law School and the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) hosted a forum for state and local government officials as well as coastal stakeholders to discuss the legal and policy challenges presented by coastal flooding.

Described as a “game-changer” for Virginia, the event generated recognition that the magnitude and complexity of these challenges places local governments in a position of needing a variety of assistance if they are to meet their responsibilities to protect health, safety, and welfare.

We encourage you to visit Willam & Mary’s Law School website to learn more about the massive changes coming to your neighborhood, and to continue the conversation.

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