The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network

September 04, 2017


The reality of internally displaced communities due to sea level rise, flooding, and extreme storm events in the United States has arrived, and is poised to get worse. However, the US federal government remains ill-prepared to deal with the immense and undeniable human security challenge at hand. At present, there is no dedicated funding, dedicated lead agency, or dedicated policy framework to guide communities in need of relocation. In "The United States’ Climate Change Relocation Plan," Victoria Herrmann looks at private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sector engagement in the relocation of American communities displaced by climate change. She proposes a foundation-led effort to coordinate a program providing resources, expertise, support, and guidance to towns in need of managed retreat.

Photo: Eli Keene.

Caption: The US Army Corps of Engineers constructed a rip rap sea wall to protect much of Shishmaref from 2005 to 2009. The project is the latest in a number of sea walls constructed to try to slow the rate of erosion on Sarichef Island.


Victoria Herrmann is an Emerging Leader in Environmental and Energy Policy fellow with the Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute.

This text was originally published by the Atlantic Council


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