RETREAT AND RELOCATION:
A Colloquium on Climate Migration
9:00 am- 2:00 pm
Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy
University of Miami
Harvard Graduate School of Design
As the land shifts, quakes, and floods with increasing frequency, it is evident that current modes of adaptation and mitigation are increasingly short-lived. Given the reality of time-limited approaches, as well as eventual reductions in both geography and investment, the Colloquium will consider retreat as a viable spatial alternative, with consideration of what is needed for design and policy to accommodate this possibility. Understanding that engineering and design models have established a leading theme for the last decade of discussion and planning in relation to climate change responses across communities, this Colloquium seeks to expand this framework to engage in a discussion of retreat applying a community-based focus. A panel discussion will provide an introduction to global strategies and policy analysis, and a facilitated discussion will enable local leaders to discuss applications in their own communities. The goal of this gathering is to open avenues of collaboration to explore new opportunities to evaluate conditions and impacts, and develop proactive strategies for facilitating retreat.