Planned Relocation

Managed retreat: Relocating communities to get them out of harm’s way.

More frequent extreme weather events put certain regions in the cross hairs of risks such as coastal flooding, heavy rain, and erosion. There is an obvious, but controversial, solution: relocating communities from vulnerable to safer areas. Based on examples from around the world, researchers chart the landscape for whether and how to implement the strategy of managed retreat – and how, with the minimum disruption possible, relocate or abandon development in the face of extreme weather risk.

Update on March 31: See comments section for some recommended citations on relocation efforts in Australia.