Building more resilient human and natural communities
Stronger storms, increased rainfall and periodic droughts are all part of our new normal. We are rising to the challenge our changing climate brings by partnering with affected communities to identify ways that healthy lands can better support and protect people. Including land conservation in larger plans for reducing the carbon output of our state and lessening impacts to communities, we can build a resilient North Carolina.
Conserving land for climate resilience is a top priority for all North Carolinians. Informed by climate science data, we know that taking steps to protect highly resilient property along the Blue Ridge Parkway is valuable to communities long into the future, even as natural areas, wildlife habitat and species change in response to the climate. We are ready to take this purposeful approach to the rest of the state as more of us endure the impact of increased storms and flooding like those experienced during Hurricanes Matthew and Florence (2016 and 2018 respectively).
Restoring natural protections along our coast and in the floodplains of our rivers can enhance the safety and prosperity of our communities.
Acquisition and restoration of forests, wetlands, river floodplains and agricultural lands are important. We also support smart redevelopment and relocation to assist people adapting to or moving out of harm’s way. Where protective structures are the best option, ensuring they tie into or don’t undermine natural flood-reduction systems will be crucial.
A Proposed Solution
North Carolina needs a sound resilience planning and implementation strategy where solutions benefit those who have been most impacted by climate catastrophes – communities of color and those with limited economic resources.
By convening leaders from conservation to community development and affordable housing, to local governments we can conserve land in ways that are safer, healthier and more just for impacted communities.
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