About the Leadership Forum
Eight years ago, the Foundation hosted Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities Leadership Forums throughout the Gulf Coast and one of the forums focused on Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes. Its purpose was to consider new data from a multi-million-dollar Entergy study that cited by zip codes coastal infrastructure vulnerabilities. The forum explored steps needed to build resiliency based on adaptive measures and determining plans and actions for ensuring a sustainable future.
As southwest Louisiana residents now consider new land loss projections in predictions outlined in the latest coastal Master Plan and the new FEMA flood maps, we return to the region to seek information from community, business, and civic leaders and to discuss the potential matching of private funders with restoration and protection projects that would benefit the area.
This forum will review the progress the region has made towards sustainability since 2011, such as the strengthening of infrastructure to abate flood risks. At the forum, AWF will outline its Sea Safe Communities Certification a project that delves into what adaptation actions are needed for communities to remain viable economically and avoid the stigma attached to storm impacts that can decrease real estate values.
While no advance preparation is necessary, each roundtable participant will be encouraged to actively contribute, question assumptions and offer recommendations. During the day’s agenda, each discussion will begin with a brief presentation followed by a facilitated discussion with all attendees.