Erosion, sea level rise, and saltwater intrusion have destroyed the marshlands of coastal Louisiana, forcing one town, Isle de Jean Charles, to relocate further inland. Photo: Eli Keene
The reality of internally displaced communities due to sea level rise, flooding, and extreme storm events in the United States has arrived, and is poised to get worse. However, the US federal government remains ill-prepared to deal with the immense and undeniable human security challenge at hand. At present, there is no dedicated funding, dedicated lead agency, or dedicated policy framework to guide communities in need of relocation. The report “The United States’ Climate Change Relocation Plan” looks at private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sector engagement in the relocation of American communities displaced by climate change. She proposes a foundation-led effort to coordinate a program providing resources, expertise, support, and guidance to towns in need of managed retreat.
First published by the Atlantic Council on August 17, 2017.