Planning, Community Engagement
LA SAFE (Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments) was an ambitious planning process that integrated the expertise of Louisiana’s best environmental science, planning, and design firms with local knowledge and experience of thousands of residents across the coast. LA SAFE includes programs, policies, and projects that will help coastal communities build resilience and adapt to increasing flood risk and spin-off impacts.
Concordia led the community engagement component of the project, orchestrating 71 meetings in 9 months across 6 parishes. Over 2,800 participants helped create the final adaptation strategies. Concordia designed activities and exercises to harness the experience and wisdom of coastal residents to adapt to increasing risk and all of its consequences. The resulting adaptation strategies address expected risk over the next 50 years, complementing the Coastal Master Plan.