Natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, and droughts are increasing in frequency and severity in the US. Nature-based approaches such as open space, wetlands, sand dunes, reefs, permeable pavement, and bioretention features are increasingly being used to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards, while also providing multiple community benefits. And FEMA has begun to recognize and emphasize the value of investing in the conservation and stewardship of healthy landscapes for mitigating the impacts of floods, wildfires, and droughts, as reflected by recent policy updates in 2013 and 2016, and is also placing a greater emphasis on proactive investments before disasters occur. Rowan Schmidt, Program Director for Earth Economics, will discuss work supporting FEMA on the economics behind their 2013 and 2016 policies, and supporting land trust and agency partners in CA (post-wildfire), TX (post-Harvey) and other states to navigate these opportunities, conduct benefit-cost analysis, and apply for HMPG funding for projects that have overlapping conservation and hazard mitigation benefits. Laura Geselbracht, Senior Marine Scientist with The Nature Conservancy in Florida, will discuss recent studies on the environmental and economic flood risk reduction benefits of Florida’s mangroves, coral reefs, and other natural features that support coastal resilience. The webinar will conclude with questions and answers

This event has been approved for professional certification credits for planners (1.5 AICP CM #9192437), Certified Floodplain Managers (1 CEC), and Florida Environmental Health Professionals (.10 CEUs). 1000 Friends of Florida has applied for credits for Florida attorneys (CLE) and Florida landscape architects (DBPR) but cannot guarantee that credits will be approved. For more information.