Bridging the Gap between Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Webinar
The Center for Clean Air Policy and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) held a webinar entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation” featuring an expert panel that identified overlaps and helped bridge gaps between the hazard mitigation and climate adaptation. Practitioners discussed commonalities and differences between short- and long-term resilience efforts, and highlighted communities that are integrating hazard mitigation and climate adaptation.
- Steve Winkelman, Director of Transportation and Adaptation Programs at CCAP: Discussed climate adaptation practice and capacity-building needs, and helped us visualize climate resilience and understand its economic benefits: Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience
- Ed Thomas, President of NHMA, discussed the hazard mitigation practice, spoke on integrating/coordinating with existing planning processes, and stressed the importance of collaboration: Bridging the Gap Between Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation
- Ryan Towell, Project Manager at Dewberry, highlighted states and communities that are integrating hazard mitigation and climate adaptation, discussing how no regrets actions can be attractive to multiple stakeholders: State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Action Plans
- Of the 135 participants, 63 percent identified themselves as climate adaptation professionals, 40 percent identified themselves as hazard mitigation professionals, 24 percent indicated both, and 21 percent indicated another profession.
- The majority of participants shared their requests for future webinars on best practices/visualizing solutions (84 percent), costs and benefits of hazard mitigation and adaptation measures (82 percent), and policy needs and opportunities (76 percent).