Municipal Collaboration on Coastal Climate Change Adaptation
Picture Credits (all Flickr, occ. cropped, left to right): Jasperdo, Doug Kerr, Robert Linsdell, cmh2315fl, massmat , Jennifer Macaulay, Tom Whitten
Constraints and Opportunities for North and South Shore municipalities in Massachusetts
This research looks at coastal adaptation capacity constraints and collaboration opportunities of Massachusetts coastal municipalities from Newburyport in the north and Marshfield in the south (see right for map of included municipalities). Thematically, it is concerned foremost with the effects of both sea level rise and extreme weather events on coastal infrastructure and ecosystems in the region. Building on 21 conversations with municipality representatives, nongovernment conservation groups, Commonwealth departments and agencies and many more, it sets out to answer the following three questions:
- What are the greatest constraints at the municipal level to implement coastal adaptation strategies?
- Is there potential for greater inter-municipal collaboration on adaptation? If yes, on which issues?
- Which stakeholders should be included to in these collaborations?