Visioning Hawaii's Adaptation to Climate Change
In August 2011, the Pacific Islands Silver Jackets initiative, the State of Hawaii's Coastal Zone Management Program, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sponsored a workshop to facilitate the development of a statewide climate change policy. Sixty participants engaged in a unique futures approach to policy development. The participants represented a wide array of interests including federal, state and county agencies, academia, Native Hawaiians, environmental non-profits, community organizations, business associates, insurance companies, and youth. The workshop resulted in the development of priority guidelines for climate change adaptation that was signed into law by the Governor of Hawaii in July 2012. Ongoing actions from the workshop include a climate change integrated planning committee working to support county, state and federal agency integration of climate adaptation planning into current regulatory regimes and a climate change outreach and education committee, working to communicate risk and uncertainty regarding climate change to government, legislature, and the public.
The American Samoan Tsunami Study - A Collaborative and Whole Community Approach to Developing Resilience
In March 2012, the Corps of Engineers' Honolulu District and the American Samoa Government completed a plan under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning Assistance to the States (PAS) Program to strengthen American Samoa's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from tsunami hazards. The plan identifies actions to improve knowledge, protocol, and infrastructure within American Samoa in order to maximize community resiliency. The study was based on developing a broad field of research topics to provide comprehensive coverage for assessing current tsunami resiliency and a significant public outreach component to capture the concerns of local officials and the knowledge and experience of subject matter experts. Engaging and maintaining local stakeholder participation was pivotal to the process and undertaken with due consideration to cultural norms, and customary practices.