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Save the date: June 29 - July 1, 2021. The call for sessions and abstracts will open in September 2020.

Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference will address a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of Columbia University's Earth Institute, will bring together stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis will be on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations.

Our goals are to:

  • advance the research agenda around managed retreat in an interdisciplinary, solutions-oriented way;
  • facilitate networking and discussion among many types of stakeholders, and bridge the information gap between academics, practitioners, and affected communities; and
  • develop concrete solutions and best practices around a complex climate adaptation issue.

Key topics that will be addressed include:

  • Buyouts
  • Communication Strategies
  • Community Resilience
  • Decision-Making on Retreat
  • Ecosystems
  • Exposure Modeling
  • Federal, State & Local Responses
  • Finance & Economics
  • Governance
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Use Planning
  • Legal Issues
  • Non-Coastal Retreat
  • Policy & Planning
  • Psychology & Mental Health
  • Real Estate
  • Receiving Communities
  • Rural Retreat
  • Sovereignty and Human Rights
  • Urban Retreat
  • Vulnerability & Risk