The Virginia CZM Program is taking steps to help prepare for the predicted effects of climate change, especially sea-level rise on Virginia's coastal resources.
With Virginia CZM coordination and funding support, three of Virginia’s coastal planning district commissions are assessing and mapping the potential impacts of sea-level rise and severe storm events to both developed and natural areas.
Hampton Roads PDC, Middle Peninsula PDC and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission are now moving toward policy development that will establish a framework for local response to these issues.
The Virginia CZM Program also supported climate change outreach efforts through the state Office of Environmental Education when it was located at the Department of Environmental Quality. This office has moved to the Department of Conservation and Recreation. See FY 09 Task 4 below.
The Virginia CZM Program's various initiatives to promote the use of Living Shorelines also will help sustain wetlands as sea level rises.
(Click on the links in the table below for project details.)
Virginia CZM Program Climate Change Adaptation Grant Projects
FY 08 (October 2008 - September 2009) and FY 09 (October 2009 - September 2010)
For comments or questions concerning this program's web pages, contact the Virginia Witmer.
This website is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a federal Coastal Zone Management Act grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.