I created this story map for a graduate course on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project focuses on SDG 13, Climate Action – and specifically 13.1: resilience and adaptation – in Caribbean islands. Three governance levels are explored: regional, national, and local. While the nation is the level at which the SDGs are evaluated, SDGs in the Caribbean have been largely informed by regional and local efforts.
Beaufort County, South Carolina, is a low-lying coastal county with a high sensitivity to tidal flooding and storm surge. Just over half of the County is open water, sounds, marshes, and estuaries and two thirds of its dry land is located within a special flood hazard area. Given these conditions, community leaders included sea level rise in the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan calls for the County government to anticipate and plan for sea level rise impacts. In response, the Planning Department joined with the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and others to identify local actions that could directly or indirectly reduce community vulnerability to sea level rise. The project team used the decision support methodology called the Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) process and supplemented the process with larger public workshops in the community. The participatory approach helped integrate local and scientific knowledge about local vulnerability and produced locally tailored adaptation actions. Working closely with the local stakeholders, the project team drafted a report and executive summary on the 23 adaptation actions Beaufort County can take to increase its resilience to sea level rise.
Do you have a great adaptation story that needs telling? Perhaps a real-world project you’re undertaking? Or a research endeavor that bodes promising insights into how to move resilience forward? Or maybe you’ve got an idea you want to share with the adaptation community? Regardless of your background or area of expertise, the Michigan Journal of Sustainability has an opportunity for you! We are running a special edition of the Journal focused exclusively on climate adaptation. You do not need to be an academic to submit an article. Learn more about this opportunity (abstracts due by September 3rd) by clicking on the enclosed attachment.