SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION PRIMER DRAFT PAGE | 23 SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION FRAMEWORK Prior to the implementation of any of the adaptation tools discussed in this Primer, a process of information gathering, public education and community engagement should be undertaken. 30 Through a process of information gathering, including risk assessment and vulnerability, local governments will be able to identify their resource limitations and any knowledge gaps. This can include building of internal capacity such as identification of SLR champions or the establishment of a cross-departmental steering committee to address SLR. When sufficient base line information resources have been gathered, public education and community engagement should begin. The inclusion of community input at this early stage can help foster a sense of ownership and provide valuable information to guide the decision-making process that may otherwise be overlooked. While public education and community engagement are shown on Figure 8 as one part of the process, in practice they should be included throughout the adaptation process. Establishing community priorities and a preferred strategic direction will help narrow down the adaptation tools that may be best applicable in individual communities. Some of the adaptation tools identified in this Primer will require ongoing public input and support for successful implementation. As the science of estimating SLR and its effects evolves, so too will adaptation. In order to incorporate new data into the adaptation process and to assess the effectiveness of adaptations tools already implemented, monitoring and evaluation is required to feedback into the process. 30 A community may be undertaking other climate change impacts at the same time.
SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION PRIMER DRAFT PAGE | 24 FIGURE 8 - SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION FRAMEWORK • Internal capacity building • Study of local conditions that could modify sea level rise • GIS mapping • Assess potential local impacts of sea level rise • Determine cost implications of different adaptation tools • Assess risk and vulnerability • Stakeholder education and consultation • What degree of risk is the community prepared to live with? • Establish community priorities and preferred strategy • Community vulnerability assessment • Prepare scenarios, visualizations Information Gathering Public Education & Community Engagement Monitoring & Evaluation Adaptation Tools • Effectiveness of chosen tools • Monitoring of measurable indicators • Re-evaluation of community's acceptable risk • Decision making framework • Risk assessment • Cost benefit analysis • Identify the most appropriate tool or tools for local context