Building Resilience Workshop V Communities on the Edge March 12-14, 2014 Lindy C.

Boggs Conference Center University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

WORKING DRAFT of Program Schedule: Last edits made on 02/28/2014 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 6:30 - 9 p.m. Opening Reception at Docville Farm in Violet, St. Bernard Parish

Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:15 – 9:00 9:00 – 9:15 Registration & Coffee Welcome to Building Resilience Workshop V: Communities on the Edge Kali Rapp Jeana Wiser 9:15 – 9:45 Keynote: Speaker: Moderator: 9:45 – 11:00 Panel: “How Big Should My Water Wings Be” Margaret Davidson, Acting Director, NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Elizabeth English “Louisiana’s Reality: Communities on the Edge”

This panel will concentrate on the climate-related issues many coastal residents and communities face and time-sensitive decisions to be made—to try to adapt and stay in their existing community, or relocate and rebuild. Louisiana’s coastal communities have been affected by repeated exposure to natural and human-caused hazards, and continue to deal with an ever-growing exposure to the effects of subsidence, coastal erosion, and sea level rise, combined with an increased frequency of storms. These communities include vulnerable populations with limited resources to implement sizable adaptation measures and/or relocate an entire community to a lower risk area. Moderator: Panelists: Cynthia Sarthou, Executive Director, Gulf Restoration Network John Lopez, Executive Director, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Bob Gough, Tribal Lawyer Tim Osborn, NOAA Sandra Gunner, Louisiana Resilience Assistance Program Camille Manning-Broome, Senior Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence Respondent: Margaret Davidson 1

Building Resilience Workshop V Communities on the Edge March 12-14, 2014 Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

11:00-11:15 11:15-12:45

Break Cry You One Interactive Performance and Story Circle Cry You One is an evolving performance and online storytelling platform that journeys into the heart of Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands. Pioneered by the New Orleans based companies ArtSpot and Mondo Bizarro, Cry You One celebrates the people and cultures of South Louisiana while turning clear eyes on the crisis of our vanishing coast. Lunch Keynote: Speaker: “Assessing Community Resilience: What Matters and Where do you Start” Susan Cutter, Distinguished Professor and Director, Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, University of South Carolina “Strong but At-Risk Communities: Importance of Culture”

12:45-1:45 1:45-2:15



This panel will weigh the complexities of protecting, adapting or relocating and struggling with achieving consensus. It will explore the symbiosis of people, place attachment, and long-term livelihoods in the essential cultural heritage of our coastal communities. What governmental policies and resources do we need to support such difficult community decision-making processes? Moderator: Panelists: Jonathan Foret, Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center Pam Jenkins, Professor and Co-founder of UNO-CHART Monique Verdin, Documentarian and Photographer, St. Bernard Parish Telley Madina, Gulf Coast Policy Officer, Oxfam America Brenda Dardar Robichaux, Houma Nations Tribal Leader Cherri Foytlin, Journalist, Bridge the Gulf Project and Huffington Post, Rayne, LA Respondent: 3:15-3:30 Break Susan Cutter


Building Resilience Workshop V Communities on the Edge March 12-14, 2014 Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana


Keynote: Speaker:

“When FEMA Heads for the Hills: Climate Retreat, Disaster Recovery, and the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act” Rob Verchick, Professor of Disaster Policy, College of Law, Loyola University David Waggonner, Waggonner & Ball Architects “Sustainable Solutions on Bridging the Gap between People, Government, and Insurance “

Moderator: 4:00-5:00 Panel

This panel will consider the challenges of insuring a society against an increasingly frequent and costly hazard, and how the communities are responding. Moderator: Panelists: Shirley Laska, Lowlander Center Pat Skinner, LSU Agriculture Center Monica Farris, Director, UNO-CHART Brad Case, Mitigation Manager, City of New Orleans

Tim Kerner, Mayor of Jean LaFitte
Respondent: Rob Verchick 5:00-5:15 5:30-7:30 Closing Comments Reception Wine, Cheese, and Hors d’oeuvres

Friday, March 14, 2014 8:15 – 9:00 9:00 – 9:15 Registration & Coffee Welcome Jeana Wiser Kali Rapp


Building Resilience Workshop V Communities on the Edge March 12-14, 2014 Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

9:15 – 9:45

Keynote: Speaker: Moderator:

“Resilience is a relationship: Modernity, Neoliberalism, and Sociality in Disaster Reconstruction” Roberto Barrios, Associate Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology, Southern Illinois Univ. Grasshopper Mendoza

9:45- 10:45


“How do we adapt and stay?”

This panel discusses the difficult process of ensuring the safety of communities who choose to stay and adapt. Current mitigation processes will be examined, along with an exploration of future solutions that may increase the physical and community resilience that would allow individuals to maintain their livelihoods in addition to their homes. Moderator: Panelists: Doug Meffert, Executive Director, Audubon Louisiana Derk van Ree, Deltares, Netherlands David Perkes, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, MI Tyronne Edwards, Zion Travelers Cooperative Center, Braithwaite, LA Respondents: Roberto Barrios Tim Kerner 10:45-11:00 11:00 – 11:30 Break Keynote Comments Speakers: Moderator: 11:30-12:30 Panel Chris Zevenbergen, UNESCO-IHE, TTU Delft, Dura Vermeer, Netherlands Bob Gough, Tribal Lawyer Rosina Philippe, Atakapa-Ishak Tribe “Relocation Strategies and Obstacles”

Relocation has and is happening to communities around the world. This panel will present real-life examples that may inform the decisions that our coastal communities face. The panel includes the examples of Tohoku, Japan, a 750 year old agricultural community forced to move by the tsunami, and the Terrebonne Project, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) resettlement community in Schriever, LA. The panel will conclude with a world-wide overview of present issues of relocation and climate


Building Resilience Workshop V Communities on the Edge March 12-14, 2014 Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

change. Moderator: Panelists: Kristina Peterson, Lowlander Center, Terrebonne Parish Resettlement Project, WPA Patty Ferguson, MacArthur Fellow, Tribal Lawyer, Point au Chen Tribe Eric Des Marais, Univ. of Denver, Tohoku, Japan Julie Maldonado, American Univ., National Climate Assessment 12:30-1:30 1:30-2:30 Lunch Panel “Economic Impact: The Financial Examination to Accommodate or Retreat”

This panel explores the economic barriers that we face in adapting or retreating. Panelists will discuss issues of community, commerce, land rights, marginalization, and other aspects worthy of this discussion. Why did previous efforts to adapt and mitigate versus plans to relocate succeed or fail? Who are the players? What will it take to succeed in the future, and where does the money come from? Moderator: Panelists: Jeff Williams, Director, Climate Consulting for Entergy Corporation Jeffrey Thomas, Thomas Strategies, LLC Gen. Russell Honore’, US Army (Ret.) Chris Pulaski, Senior Planner and Zoning Administrator for Terrebonne Parish 2:30-3:30 Panel “Building Creative Capital: Blending Innovative Strategies with Risk Reduction Efforts” This panel explores dynamic solutions that have been unveiled in the past few years utilizing unconventional methods with a more holistic and creative approach to building resilience. Panelists will present their Innovative projects, such as resilience mapping, crowd-sourcing, social media, communication solutions, and literary maps. Moderator: Panelists: Chris Zevenbergen, UNESCO, TU Delft, Dura Vermeer Rebecca Snedeker, Author, Unfathomable City Jeff Carney, LSU Agriculture Center Sustainability Studio Nicole Love, Coastal Resilience Michelle Esposito, Sci-TEK


Building Resilience Workshop V Communities on the Edge March 12-14, 2014 Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

Shannon Dosemagen, Co-founder, 3:30-3:45 Break



Board of Advisors

The Building Resilience Workshop V presents its Board of Advisors to discuss the workshop’s highlights and action items based on the lessons we have learned from our participants and speakers. We will hear from the board on their achievements and future goals, and explore the path of embedding solutions into our communities in order to continue building resilience in coastal Louisiana and around the world. Moderator: Panelists: David Muth, National Wildlife Federation Members of the BRW Board of Advisors Cyn Sarthou Chief Albert Naquin Mark Davis Shirley Laska 4:15-4:45 Participants’ Discussion with Board Members The Board will respond to audience feedback, including comments and questions regarding their experience at the workshop, and directives for future action. 4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks and Invitation to Dinner Brad Case Derk van Ree Boo Thomas Arthur Johnson


Workshop Dinner Bacchanal Wine Bar Bywater, New Orleans 600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117


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