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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.

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