BEAUFORT — A two-day workshop in April promises to give planners, public works staff, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, sustainability managers, emergency managers, community groups, civic organization members and coastal resource managers the opportunity to learn new tools with trainers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management.
There is no charge for the course, which is scheduled for Monday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, and will be held in the NOAA Beaufort Lab Auditorium, 101 Pivers Island Road. Registration is required.
Coastal communities increasingly realize the need for adaptation strategies, but may need guidance on where to begin.
This course is designed to give a thorough grounding and practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes, according to the press release. Time in class is provided to practice applying what you’ve learned, and opportunities for local collaboration and next steps are emphasized through discussion, participant activities and local speakers and examples.
Certified Flood Plain Managers will receive 12 continuing education credits from the Association of State Flood Plain Managers and American Institute of Certified Planners will receive 14 certification maintenance credits through the American Planning Association.
Attendees are to be taught how to do the following:
- Apply the basic elements of an adaptation planning framework to organize future efforts.
- Translate climate science into effects on local community assets.
- Practice a qualitative approach to scope and compile a vulnerability assessment, and describe how the results could be applied.
- Identify, compare and prioritize locally relevant adaptation strategies and actions.
- Describe implementation options for strategies.
- Recognize the importance of stakeholder involvement in adaptation planning and demonstrate the applicability of engagement processes and tools.