“Holistic Coasts: Adaptive Management of Changing Hazards, Risks, and Ecosystems” is a bold vision – an integrated management approach and philosophy that breaks stove pipes, promotes individual and collective accountability and responsibility, and balances human use, environment, and economy into a resilient system. It is a compilation of 4th ASFPM Foundation Forum, conducted over two days at George Mason University in February 2013, which carefully considered coastal issues as they relate to flood and other hazard management. One hundred invited experts engaged in brainstorming, small group discussions, and group feedback to define major coastal problems and concerns, identify management opportunities and impediments, and develop key action agenda items for broader discussion. The plenary speakers addressed human use and human adjustment, natural resources, international perspectives, and domestic perspectives, and coastal challenges today and into the future.
Readers of this report will not find all answers regarding how to achieve Holistic Coasts, but will see a starting point for a vision and partnership that, if undertaken successfully, will help secure a sustainable future for our nation. This report can be found on the ASFPM Foundation 2013 Forum page, along with the Forum’s agenda, background papers by participants, speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, and assembly participants. This event was generously sponsored by AECOM, Atkins, Baker, Black & Veatch, CDM Smith, Dewberry, ESP Associates, H2O Partners, Stantec Consulting, and URS.