IMPLEMENTING INNOVATIVE, SUSTAINABLE FLOODMITIGATION SOLUTIONS FOR THE
To convene a Building Resilience Workshop, to be held February 25-27,
2010, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to address key issues such as climate
change, sustainable development, human capital, public security, and
culture and identity related to adopting a new way of living WITH water.
To exploring innovative flood mitigation strategies (wetlands
restoration, non-structural approaches etc.) in
The primary objectives
of this workshop are to
bring innovative flood
mitigation techniques successfully used in
Workshop attendees will discuss such questions as: How have international communities, faced with repeated, catastrophic storm and flood events, maintained physical and social infrastructures? What innovations have occurred in response to catastrophic events? How can mitigation strategies that diffuse risk, as opposed to concentrating risk, reduce a community's overall vulnerability and increase its resilience? How might cultures share “best practices” and incorporate innovative, sustainable technologies more quickly? How can technical solutions be more responsive to social and cultural needs? What planning decisions can we make now that will help us build resilience and adaptability into our cities in the future?
In the short term, this workshop will bring together academic
researchers, engineers, architects and planners specializing in
sustainable flood protection practices with policy makers, community
organizers and public officials, helping to expand the knowledge base,
build exchange networks among participants, and develop solutions.
In the long term, the workshop will provide a springboard for the
sharing of sustainable, low-impact technologies that save lives and make
vulnerable communities, in