NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCESGAO: A Climate Migration Pilot Program Could Enhance the Nation’s Resilience and Reduce Federal Fisca...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCESGAO: A Climate Migration Pilot Program Could Enhance the Nation’s Resilience and Reduce Federal Fisca...NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES

GAO: A Climate Migration Pilot Program Could Enhance the Nation’s Resilience and Reduce Federal Fiscal Exposure

“GAO identified few communities in the United States that have considered climate migration as a resilience strategy, and two—Newtok, Alaska, and Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana—that moved forward with relocation. Newtok, for example, faced imminent danger from shoreline erosion due to thawing permafrost and storm surge. Literature and experts suggest that many more communities will need to consider relocating in coming decades.”

“GAO was asked to review federal support for climate migration. This report examines (1) the use of climate migration as a resilience strategy; (2) federal support for climate migration; and (3) key challenges to climate migration and how the federal government can address them.”

“Congress should consider establishing a pilot program with clear federal leadership to identify and provide assistance to communities that express affirmative interest in relocation as a resilience strategy. The Departments of Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development provided technical comments that GAO incorporated as appropriate.”