BRW III again brought together scientists, environmentalists, architects, engineers, city officials, planners, entrepreneurs, grass-roots community organizers, academic researchers, and representatives of federal agencies and native populations. We were joined by a dozen members of the pan-European research project FloodProBE, which focuses its efforts on developing technologies, methods and tools for urban flood risk assessment and reduction. Two of the leaders of the Dutch Room for the River program participated as well. One entire day of discussions was devoted to the Louisiana Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan and its implications for coastal Louisiana communities. We learned about innovative flood risk reduction strategies from around the world, discussed potential solutions compatible with our unique local ways of life, and created global networks that will help us face the challenges ahead and support the changes we must make to rebuild a culture of sustainability and resilience in the Louisiana Gulf Coast region.
Thank you for your participation and engagement in this critical discussion about creating a more promising and resilient future for our south Louisiana communities.
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Highlights of the BRW III:
- The State of Louisiana had recently released its Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan. One entire day of sessions at BRW III focused on the Master Plan and its implications for coastal Louisiana communities. Workshop participants participated in break-out discussions on the impact of the Master Plan on these communities and their neighbors, and what transitioning strategies would best prepare us all for the changes that the implementation of the Master Plan would bring over the next several decades.
- The Organizing Committee of the pan-European research project FloodProBE, which focuses on developing technologies, methods and tools for urban flood risk assessment and reduction, chose to hold their Spring 2012 meeting in New Orleans, specifically to coincide with BRW III. The FloodProBE initiative is a partnership of government, industry and NGO interests from the Netherlands, UK, France, Norway, Spain, Czech Republic and Poland. Fourteen members of the FloodProBE project, as well as two of the leaders of the Dutch Room for the River program, served as speakers and panelists at BRW III, sharing their insights with us.