Water is the vector through which climate change and environmental challenges affect residents most directly in the City of New Orleans. Too often, however, resilience planning, water infrastructure design, and systems operations and management are developed exclusively by planners and engineers, without engaging the residents those systems are designed to serve. When we bring scientific tools and resources to the community, residents are empowered to take part in the creation and implementation of resilience plans.
This presentation will share the results of these community engagement efforts across New Orleans, a city that has witnessed many instances of flooding due to hurricanes, infrastructure failures, and regular rainfall. In order to adapt the city's water systems and landscapes and to build community resilience, water management experts worked with civic leaders, residents and urban planners to study the city's water management systems and resilience plans, build shared knowledge, and explore opportunities for community-driven adaptation.
Attendees of this presentation will be provided with the opportunity to learn about the main processes, successes, and lessons gained from working together with civic leaders, residents and urban planners to enhance the city's resilience in relation to flooding and water management