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Helping Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Hale, Lynne Zeitlin; Newkirk, Sarah; Beck, Michael
Journal: Solutions
Volume: 2
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Date: 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/7488
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Social Organization
Region: North America
Subject(s): coastal regions
community participation
Abstract: "Coastal communities and decision makers urgently need to develop pragmatic, cost-effective strategies to protect both natural and human communities from the dramatic changes that are already underway due to climate change. Yet they lack both the information needed to plan and the enabling conditions needed to implement such strategies. This needs to change. If, in a rush to 'defend the coast,' the potential value and role of coastal ecosystems--'natures green infrastructure---are overlooked, we risk a future deprived of the ecosystem services that coastal ecosystems provide, including food, water, recreation, and shoreline protection."

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