The Lowlander Center Is-
Based in the bayous of Louisiana,
the Lowlander Center is a 501-c-3 non-profit organiza-tion supporting lowland people and places through education, research and advocacy.
It is a Center that is based on community participatory principles and methods. Problem solving begins at the community level. The work of the Lowlander Center is to help create solutions to living with an ever-changing coastline and land loss while visioning a future that builds capacity and resilience for place and people.
Louisiana Native American Chief Attended Pacific Resilience Group about Community Resettlement
Chief Albert Naquin of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha- Choctaw Indians located in Montegut, Louisiana was part of the 2016 Pacific Risk Management 'Ohana (PriMO) conference in Hawaii on Wed., March 17th. He discusses the resettlement of the Tribe through the Tribe's receipt of a $48 million Award from the National Disaster Reduction Competition (NDRC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Chief Albert spoke on a panel entitled "Peoples and Cultures in Transition" with the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the Honorable Enele Sosene Sopoaga, and with the Former President of the Republic of Kiribati, the Honorable Anote Tong. Kristina Peterson, Director of the Lowlander Center in Bayou Blue, Jainey K. Bavishi, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Maxine Burkett, University of Hawai'i, William S Richardson School of Law and Kristina Kekuewa, Office for Coastal Management NOAA.
The Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw has been repeatedly flooded by storm surge from powerful hurricanes that have decimated the land in lower Terrebonne upon which their traditional community is built. Knowing how little time the remaining Band members have to be able to remain on the shrinking island, they have determined that the only viable option is resettlement to an inland location safer from hurricane storm surge.
The resettlement will be constructed in phases and will contain a tribal center, health care facility, childcare and elder care facilities and spaces to support entrepreneurial activities such as vegetable farming, crawfish/rice ponds and a ceremonial pow wow field. They seek to reinvigorate their Tribal culture while bringing back together the members of the Isle Band who have been driven from the storm-ravaged island as their houses were destroyed. The new location will serve as a model of a coastal resilient and sustainable community.
The 96th AMS (American Meteorological Society) Annual Meeting in New Orleans January 10-14, 2016 featured Lowlander Center Board Member, Dr. Shirley Laska, as a Panel Member on the Presidential Forum
The theme for the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting, “Earth System Science in Service to Society”, weaved the many parts of AMS into a common core. The 2016 meeting integrated AMS’ proud, nearly 100-year history of making a positive difference in the lives of our citizens by continually communicating the advances of its science research to the public and policy makers.
This year’s Presidential Forum reflects upon the American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting theme, "Earth System Science in Service to Society" provided participants a better understanding of living through extreme events. Our society continues to experience the effects of more and more extreme events like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and drought, some as a result of our changing climate and others as a result of our expanding population. The AMS addressed lessons learned, and more importantly, identified what future actions are needed to help mitigate the impact of these devastating life-changing events. An outstanding panel of speakers – Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard (ret), Executive Vice President Booz Allen Hamilton; Max Mayfield, Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Hurricane Center (ret); Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Dr. Shirley Laska, Professor Emerita, and founding past Director of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology, University of New Orleans, along with Moderator Maureen McCann, News 13 Orlando, lead a discussion of the panelists' personal experiences during Hurricane Katrina and Deepwater Horizon. The panel also addressed AMS’s current activities. (see image right)
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Louisiana's vanishing island: the climate 'refugees' resettling for $52 m
Isle de Jean Charles has lost 98% of its land and most of its population to rising sea levels - but as remaining residents consider relocation, what happens next is a test case to address resettlement. ~ read the article from THE GUARDIAN, 15 March 2016, written by Lauren Zanolli ~
Also - for consideration from INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS, David Hasemyer "Native American Tribe Gets Federal Funds to Flee Rising Seas"
Also - for consideration from MSN, Julie Demansky/Corbis, "Native American Tribe to relocate from Louisiana Coast as Sea levels Rise"
Lowlander Center Parnters with Tribe