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Managed retreat as a response to natural hazard risk

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Miyuki Hino, Christopher Field, Katharine Mach
March 26, 2017

Managed retreat is strategic relocation of people and assets to reduce risk. It's an obvious, yet controversial adaptation option presenting unique challenges and opportunities. In a first cross-case comparison, an analysis published in Nature Climate Change surveys 27 completed and ongoing efforts that have relocated about 1.3 million people. The particular focus is the interactions between residents and implementers – the sociopolitical dimensions shaping the process and likelihood of retreat. With additional climate change, deliberate relocations will become increasingly necessary, preferable, or both. Stanford researchers unfold how governance innovations could support effective use of this tool in the adaptation kit. See links to the study, news release and media coverage below.