The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) commissioned Eastern Research Group (ERG) to gather and share best practices from coastal resilience practitioners on enhancing implementation of coastal resilience efforts across the United States. The project encompassed review of more than 100 source documents including NFWF grant project reports and peer-reviewed literature, as well as interviews with resilience practitioners. ERG used their research findings to develop eight case studies documenting successful projects throughout the county. The case studies highlight transferrable strategies for resilience projects ranging from conducting ongoing monitoring of the project site to leveraging resources to build local capacity to testing novel approaches. This webinar is designed to help resilience practitioners learn about solutions and approaches from teams implementing these projects. Sharing of best practices and lessons learned will focus on partnership building, outreach and engagement, and highlight adaptive management transferrable strategies.
Jennifer Lam, Director
Jennifer Lam (she/her), Jennifer Lam brings over ten years of experience in coastal resource management, stakeholder engagement, and project coordination. As the project manager, Ms. Lam oversaw a team of nine staff who helped capture key information around lessons learned, challenges, and solutions and develop the final case studies and media content. Ms. Lam holds a M.S. in marine resource management from Oregon State University. [Email: Jennifer.Lam@erg.com]
Diana Pietri, Senior Social Scientist
Dr. Diana Pietri (she/her) brings more than 13 years of experience and a deep understanding of best practices for coastal resilience, adaptive management, and coastal management partnerships. For this project, Dr. Pietri led interviews with coastal resilience practitioners to identify challenges, lessons learned, and transferrable strategies that informed the case studies. Dr. Pietri holds a Ph.D. in environmental and forest science and M.M.A. in marine and environmental affairs, both from University of Washington. [Email: Diana.Pietri@erg.com]
Elizabeth Weathers, Junior Analyst
Elizabeth Weathers (she/her) brings over two years of experience researching climate change adaptation strategies and cities’ plans to combat sea level rise, analyzing interview and survey data, and synthesizing key trends and findings. In this project, Elizabeth analyzed interview and document review data, drafted case studies and media content and supported report development. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in Government and French and a minor in Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College. [Email: Elizabeth.Weathers@erg.com]