RAFT Mission & Goals

The Goal of The RAFT

The goal of The RAFT project is to help Virginia’s coastal localities improve resilience to flooding and other coastal storm hazards while remaining economically and socially viable. Local governments in Virginia’s coastal region face daunting challenges, such as sea level rise and frequent flooding. Historical and projected sea level rise present coastal localities with challenges that affect residents, businesses, and key national security facilities, as well as public health, infrastructure and economic development.

One important gap in the toolbox of Virginia’s localities is an easy and accessible way to define and measure a locality’s resilience. The RAFT attempts to fill this gap. While it draws ideas for indicators from many other resilience and sustainability report cards to create a scorecard covering environmental, economic, and social resilience, The RAFT does not rely on a locality’s ability to conduct a self-assessment but instead offers the opportunity for an independent, objective assessment.

The long-term goal is to make this tool widely available to all coastal Virginia localities with the greatest need, risk, or interest.

This website, Task # 92.03 was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant # NA17NOS4190152 
of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. The views expressed
herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, or any of its subagencies.

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This project is a partnership between: The Institute for Engagement & Negotiation at the University of Virginia, The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary Law School,
and Old Dominion University/Virginia Sea Grant Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program


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