Fall 2020 - Climate Displacement Forum

The virtual Climate Displacement Series is a five session series brought to you by EcoAdapt's National Adaptation Forum, that will take an interconnected look at climate displacement pressures along with approaches to prevent displacement or adapt by exploring migration, current managed retreat and relocation strategies, equity implications, and policy considerations. Register for the series and attend any or all of the sessions. 

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Resources Sheet  and Bonus Questions and Answers

Climate Displacement & Anti-Displacement Strategies

October 15- 2 pm ET/11 am PT 

Climate change is playing a bigger role in determining where and how we live and is limiting access to and availability of affordable healthy housing, healthy food choices, transportation choices, and social networks, which is forcing the displacement of individuals and communities. Displacement—whether temporary or permanent, forced or voluntary—is an issue rooted in inequity and exacerbated by climate change. This webinar will share the results of EcoAdapt’s State of Adaptation Program report for Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge on if and how people working to address displacement pressures are considering the effects of climate change, including examples and case studies of climate-informed anti-displacement efforts from Partnership for Southern Equity and Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative.


Rachel Gregg, EcoAdapt

Kathryn Braddock, EcoAdapt

Kirsten Cook, Partnership for Southern Equity

Will Dominie, Bay Area Health Inequities Initiative

Marissa Ramirez, Natural Resources Defense Council

Household-Level Retreat

October 20 - 2 pm ET/11 am PT

Households across the U.S. are facing climate-related pressures such as repeat flooding and extreme weather events, making it increasingly difficult for people to stay in the places where they live today. Among the millions who could be displaced in the coming decades, many will need assistance to move to higher ground. This webinar will discuss programs throughout the U.S. that work on household-level retreat with analysis on Federal, state, and local buyouts programs. The discussion will also highlight lessons learned from managed vs. unmanaged retreat.


Anna Weber, Natural Resource Defense Council


Fawn McGee, NJDEP Blue Acres & Green Acres Program

Dr. Kim Mosby, Louisiana State University Coastal Sustainability Studio

Olga McKissic, H.L. Neblett Community  Center, Inc.

Community-wide Protection, Relocation & Expansion

October 22- 2 pm ET/11 am PT

Facing displacement pressures as a community brings its own set of challenges. This webinar will focus on considerations for protection, retreat, and relocation at the community-level. It will narrow in on cases of communities that remain on the frontlines of severe displacement challenges and continue to adapt. Panelists will discuss the decision-making processes, successes, and on-going challenges for managed retreat, relocation, site expansion in their communities. The lessons shared can be utilized by other communities experiencing these decisions in their own geographies while also elevating the distinct obstacles faced by the communities on the panel.


Alessandra Jerolleman,  Jacksonville State University


Walter Nelson, City of Napakiak

Sophia Katchatag, Native Village of Shaktoolik

Twyla Thurmond - City of Shishmaref

Kelsey Moldenke - Quinault Nation

Migration & Receiving Communities

October 29- 2 pm ET/11 am PT

Climate models predict that tens of millions of people will be displaced from coastal areas alone by 2100 in the U.S. Additional climate impacts may lead to an even greater number of displaced people, all leading to migration at local, regional, national, or international scales. As climate-related migration increases, receiving communities must consider effective policies for population increases and changes. This webinar will center a discussion on climate migration impacts and considerations for receiving communities. 


David Flores, Center for Progressive Reform


María Perales Sanchez, Centro de los Derechos Del Migrante, Inc. 

Mathew Hauer, Center for Demography and Population Health, Florida State University 

Dr. Fernando Rivera, University of Central Florida

Dr. Kim Mosby, Louisiana State University Coastal Sustainability Studio

Policy Considerations at Multiple Scales

November 5 - 2 pm ET/11 am PT

Climate displacement and its associated adaptation strategies require effective policies across multiple governance scales. This webinar will feature recent policy recommendations for the Federal, state, and local levels. It will discuss equity, justice, and human rights aspects to consider in policy-making and look ahead at policy solutions for communities that are recipients of climate migration.


Micah McMillan, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Joseph Thompson, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Katie Spidalieri, Georgetown Climate Center

Carlo Martín, Urban Institute

Robin Bronen, AK Institute for Justice

Don Antrobus, Alaska Tribal Native Health Consortium