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Scenic Hudson Land Trust: Prioritizing Lands in Light of Sea Level Rise

CAKE Case Study

Scenic Hudson, a land trust based in New York, is conserving properties along the Hudson River to buffer against future sea level rise impacts, engaging with the public through education and outreach projects to encourage low-carbon development, and engaging with policymakers to update coastal management regulations in anticipation of more frequent and more intense flood events and sea level rise. To target and prioritize land acquisitions, the land trust used GIS to integrate criterion based upon scenic value, biological or ecological significance, and vulnerability to sea level rise. Essential to their efforts have been partnerships and collaboration with state and local governments and other NGOs; communication with partners has enhanced organizational capacity, avoided project redundancy, and aligned regional efforts.

Read the full CAKE case study here.

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