2018 National Planning Conference

Multi-scalar Resilience Planning for Coastal Change

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CDT

Location: 230

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188148


  • Identify the methods used in coastal Louisiana to integrate an understanding of future flood-risk and landscape change into current-day decision-making processes.
  • Translate key coastal-resilience initiatives to other planning and community contexts.
  • Compare the state, county (parish), municipal, and community initiatives needed to develop a holistic approach to reduce future risk and increase community resilience.


Resilience planning offers methods to better anticipate, respond to, and recover from disasters. Coastal Louisiana boasts a dynamic environment where various planning approaches must be developed at many scales across governmental and non-governmental sectors. Louisiana is a leader in the nation for restoring natural ecosystems, bolstering flood-protection infrastructure, and preparing communities for an uncertain future based on state-of-the-art coastal and climate-change science. This multifaceted work is shared across a range of agencies and organizations, from state government to local planners, public/private partnerships, community advocates, and concerned citizens. This panel discussion brings a diverse range of practitioners together to discuss the particular methods being developed in Louisiana to chart a more resilient trajectory in the face of a changing coastal environment.

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Session Speakers

Charles Sutcliffe
Baton Rouge, LA

Andrea Galinski
Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority
Baton Rouge, LA

Jeffrey Hebert
New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
New Orleans, LA

Christopher M. Pulaski
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Houma, LA

Simone T. Maloz
Restore or Retreat
Thibodaux, LA

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