Sea Level Rise – Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

This is a two-part project: Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting and Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches for Sea Level Rise.

Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting. 

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is a multi‐disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to global environmental issues arising as a result of a changing climate. The UConn CIRCA faculty are partnering with researchers from across New England to advance the development and implementation of a comprehensive, regional, coastal and riverine inundation observation and modeling system. This project will result in the creation of a real-time inundation forecast system and 100-year return interval (1% annual chance) online maps that will be housed with the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS).

Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches.

UConn CIRCA, working in conjunction with five New England states and several regional organizations, will collaboratively analyze living shorelines applications in Connecticut and the Northeast region. New England has a varied coastline and dually varied utilization rates for living shorelines projects. Under this cooperative effort, UConn CIRCA will assist the region as it develops a ‘state-of-the-science’ analysis of living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure, identify barriers and potential solutions to increase the deployment of living shorelines, and develop and disseminate educational materials and workshops for the public regarding living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure in order to fight sea level rise.

 

“Natural ecosystems provide multiple benefits to people, including food and water production, improved air and water quality, and recreation and spiritual inspiration”

 

CIRCA and NOAA partnered on May 23, 2017 to present a Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training. Training staff from NOAA and CIRCA introduced participants to fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. The agenda also featured green infrastructure projects from CIRCA grantees in Stratford and MetroCOG as well as presentations from New Haven, Eastern CT Conservation District, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.

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The Practice of Green Infrastructure. Image by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

You can find the full PDF presentation about the project sea level rise here.

 

Click on the map to see how much flooding could happen in your coastal area:

Increased access to water and knowledge to increase autonomy

This project focuses its efforts on the basic access to water of the communities of the municipality of San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan. To this end, direct access to water will be given to families of the communities that by their height and geographic dispersion, they do not have access to sources that they refuel of the minimum water necessary to cover their basic necessities, through the construction of 126 cisterns of Rainwater collection, these families will be accompanied in processes of formation and accompaniment in subjects of sustainable agriculture, nutrition, reforestation, personal growth and defense of the territory and accompanying the community authorities in water-related management and incidents.

AFOPADI, the local counterpart, has a lot of experience in training, uses methodologies based on education and the methodology of peasant and uses training in all its projects as a engine of profound changes in people.

In addition, the integral management of water will be improved in the Experimental training center that AFOPADI has in one of the communities of the municipality. On the other hand, it will work during the execution of the project, together with the counterpart and the municipality in the elaboration of a study of Integral water management of the microwatershed of the municipality and its communities.

Drinking water from wells in Togo

The main problem of the attic region is water scarcity. It has a deficit of 65% in the water supply to the populations.

It’s no secret that Africa has water issues. People in developed countries have known this for a long time, and organizations and governments everywhere have been trying to make a transformation.

The main concern is the inability to find fresh, clean water for drinking. Most people in Africa rely on surface water and don’t have the technology or the money to dig wells to harvest groundwater. Meanwhile Africa is an arid continent, surface water evaporates regularly, and when that’s joined with the strain placed on these bodies of water by large populations, the result is a retreating water table through the continent.

Togo is a tropical country in the sub-Saharan nation, whose economy depends extremely on agriculture.

The project “potable water from the source” start in 2006 with the phase 1 envisages the construction of large diameter wells with large areas of protection around to fix the soils, to promote the filtration of water and to stop the recession of the groundwater level, as well as activities of training and sensitization of the beneficiary rural populations.

To help overcome this situation, the phase II of the project is launched in 2009 with the realization of 12 new wells in eight villages of two cantons. In addition to the actions focused on the supply of drinking water, protect the environment and promote sanitation, this project considers in the training, competences and capacities of the members of the CAS, the delegates PHAST, the members of the development committees and the women’s associations through literacy.

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