DLNR to host public meeting on sea level rise vulnerability in Wailuku

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be holding its third public information meeting on sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation on Thursday, March 23, 2017.  The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Planning Conference rooms located in the Kalana Pāku‘i building at 250 S. High Street, room 200, in Wailuku, Maui.

This meeting is one of a series of public information meetings being held statewide to educate people about the impacts of sea level rise, and to gather comments and input about key issues and concerns regarding preparedness and adaptation.  The first meeting was held on O‘ahu last June and a second one in January on Kaua‘i.

Climate change has the potential to profoundly impact our wellbeing and way of life.  In particular, rising sea levels will increase the occurrence and severity of coastal erosion and flooding, threatening coastal communities and natural resources concentrated along low-lying shores.

“We are in the process of developing a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (SLR Report) that is to be submitted in anticipation of the 2018 Hawaii State Legislature, and we are interested in hearing from our island communities to help us complete the report,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case.

“This SLR Report is the first state-wide assessment of the impacts of sea level rise on our coastal areas.  Using the best available scientific knowledge and local experience, it will help us prepare for future sea level rise and present recommendations to reduce our exposure to SLR hazards such as erosion and extreme flooding,” said Sam Lemmo, co-chair of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee.

Anyone with special needs requiring accommodations or assistance, is asked to please contact the DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) at least four days prior to the public hearing.  For more information contact the OCCL at (808) 587-0377 or visit the website at //climateadaptation.hawaii.gov/

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