Managed Retreat 2023

Building on the success of the 2019 and 2021 conferences on Managed Retreat, the Columbia Climate School held At What Point Managed Retreat?: Habitability and Mobility in an Era of Climate Change from June 20-23, 2023, at Columbia University. Thank you to everyone who joined us this year, in-person and virtually. 

The 2023 conference agenda is available here

      2023 Conference Playlist

      The topics of this year’s conference reflected most of the same themes, including a strong emphasis on equity concerns, as in past years, with the addition of some new topics specifically related to this year’s theme:

      • Built environment (design and architecture; land use planning; infrastructure; urban planning)
      • Buyouts and property acquisition
      • Climate and social science for managed retreat (vulnerability; risk; opportunity)
      • Communication strategies (storytelling; teaching about managed retreat; arts)
      • Community resilience (community organizing; vulnerable populations; social psychology; mental health; crowding out; residents’ perspectives)
      • Ecosystem conservation and migration
      • Environmental justice and equity
      • Finance and economics(market signals; real estate; insurance; capital markets)
      • Governance, policy and planning (decision-making; international frameworks; federal management; state programs; local planning; multi-level policy coordination)
      • Habitability (defining habitability; degrees of habitability; habitability for what and for whom?)
      • Infrastructure Interdependencies
      • Legal issues and tools (property rights; zoning & land use; immigration)
      • Migration as adaptation/maladaptation (assisted relocation; voluntary movement) 
      • Receiving areas (growth management and sustainable regional development)
      • Sending areas (impacts on those left behind, involuntary immobility / trapped populations)
      • Migrants and displaced persons (costs and benefits)
      • Non-coastal changes in habitability and mobility (flood and riverine areas; drought and dryland expansion; temperature extremes; wildfire in the urban-wildland interface)
      • Private sector perspectives (economic development strategies; corporate relocations; labor market dynamics) 
      • Receiving community considerations