With over 5,000 miles of tidal coastline, and some of the most rural regions in the nation, Maine’s coastal communities face unique challenges in addressing the impacts of climate change. Maine’s vulnerability to coastal flooding from sea level rise, storm surge, and extreme precipitation is exacerbated by its significant economic dependence on the ocean economy. Creating a climate resilience plan in response to these points of vulnerability is uniquely difficult as only 11 percent of Maine municipalities have a town planner on staff, and 72 percent have no local planner and insufficient or no regional planning support.
Designed to support coastal communities in planning for sea level rise, Community Resilience Training is a three part curriculum that facilitates experiences for communities to develop the knowledge, skills, and relationships that support community-based climate planning.
- Planning Forward is an active learning, small-group activity that brings forward community values and identities to guide and empower participants to confront the difficult reality of our changing climate and consider possible futures through new perspectives.
- Resource Workshop convenes neighboring communities for a workshop that connects participants with relevant tools, resources, processes, and professionals through interactive presentations in a conference-like setting.
- Resilience Planning works with communities to provide time for reflection and discussion, and to implement a planning framework where communities determine and prioritize next steps that best reflect and respond to their climate planning needs.
Community engagement events prior to and following the training build broad community awareness about climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, and support community-determined next steps. A community of practice provides ongoing support for participants that includes the sharing of resources, case studies, events, and funding opportunities.
These trainings are co-led by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Island Institute, and RiSE Center at the University of Maine, Orono is the training evaluator.
These trainings are co-led by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Island Institute.
These trainings are generously funded by NOAA.
Additional advisory support provided by:
- Town of Vinalhaven
- Town of St. George
- Maine Sea Grant
- Wells National Estuary Research Reserve
- Maine Department of Environmental Protection
- Maine Geological Survey
- Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future
- NOAA Office of Coastal Management
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