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Friday, May 23, 2008

Resilient Coasts Initiative

Earlier this month, the Heinz Center and CERES launched the Resilient Coasts Initiative, a "first-of-its-kind" collaboration of private and public sector groups to protect coasts from the effects of climate change:

"Over the next 12 months key priorities for the Resilient Coasts Initiative are to identify policy and market-based solutions that may include initiatives to:

*Limit new development in the most vulnerable areas
*Strengthen and upgrade existing buildings to prevent further losses
*Promote infrastructure investments that will help communities adapt to sea level rise.

The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh provided seed funding for the Resilient Coasts Initiative. Other key sponsors are AIG, The Travelers Companies, Inc. and the Alcoa Foundation. Risk Management Solutions is contributing substantial technical expertise on climate-driven catastrophe and adaptation modeling."

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