FCoP MD Eastern Shore

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The Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, in partnership with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, convened a Facilitated Community of Practice (FCoP), focused on coastal resilience, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Eastern Shore has been called the nation’s third most vulnerable region to the impacts of sea level rise.  The Eastern Shore has already experienced sea-level rise, storm surge, coastal flooding, increased urban temperatures and extreme precipitation/run-off events, degraded water quality, and loss of natural riparian buffers.

The four-month pilot project, completed in June 2016, convened planners, emergency managers, public works personnel, and town/county administrators from Maryland’s mid- and upper Eastern Shore, along with other key state-level partners. Through the FCoP, participants:

In addition, the FCoP achieved three specific, near-term desired outcomes:

  1. Established a regional network of practitioners with a focus on pursuing adaptation and resilience strategies.
  2. Developed a vision among the participants for how the community of practice can be continued beyond the pilot phase.
  3. Piloted a model for regional engagement of local governments in conjunction with Antioch’s 2016 Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness conference.

The FCoP led to the successful establishment of an ongoing regional group, the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Partnership

Upcoming Events


Policy Advocacy: Climate Change

This course will provide participants with step-by-step skills in utilizing the tools of democracy to take meaningful civic action on climate change. Participants will learn the levers for building political will and the essentials of climate change communication. You will apply your learning by taking action in collaboration with a local environmental organization, and further your learning with your peers via Antioch’s online learning platform and optional one-on-one meetings with the instructor.
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Climate Impacts: Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning

Local and regional governments are leaders in climate change due to their unique position to make a wide range of decisions that can mitigate and adapt to our changing climate. Because they are on the frontline, many communities have conducted vulnerability assessments and engaged in adaptation planning. This module will enable participants to assess impacts to a business, community, or sector based on specific climate projections for a specific locale.
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Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation, and Stakeholder Capacity Building

Collective actions at the societal level (civic or political action behaviors) include involvement and support of policies, plans, and funding for implementation of municipal projects that could increase local climate resilience. Community engagement with the issue of climate change typically is lacking at the local level. How individuals feel about climate change, how much they know about the issue, and how they act are all types of engagement that are needed for societal change.
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