Miami Forever Climate Ready takes inspiration from other climate adaptation plans developed by cities across the United States, including Boston, New York, New Orleans and Norfolk. Inspired by the Mayor’s leadership role with the Global Commission on Adaptation, it recognizes the “triple dividend” of adaptation -- avoided losses, economic benefits, and social and environmental benefits -- and strives for revolutionary changes to how we understand, plan for, and finance adaptation to climate risk.
The strategy also aligns closely with two major multijurisdictional resilience initiatives underway in South Florida. The Resilient305 strategy, developed in partnership with Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach, is both the source of some of the action items and a jumping-off point for collaboration on financing mechanisms, design concepts and standards, technology and more. In addition, many of the actions in this strategy set in motion recommendations from the Regional Climate Action Plan 2.0 developed by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.
Miami Forever Climate Ready is the product of collaboration.
Residents, business owners, non-profits, universities, City of Miami committees and staff, and other key stakeholders helped us identify our greatest climate change challenges, and proposed and prioritized actions to respond. Supported by partners throughout the City, we collected input for this strategy through activities including:
- Eight expert workshops on topics including stormwater master plan, housing affordability, climate gentrification, resilience hubs, and parks.
- Eight community workshops across the City to gather input from over 160 residents and businesses on their concerns for Miami’s future, and their ideas for initiatives to respond to climate change-related challenges.
- An online survey on climate risks, priorities and initiatives, which reached approximately 500 Miami residents, business owners and others.
- A collaboration with Florida International University to develop individual maps of risks from heat, sunny day flooding, and storm surge for each of the City’s neighborhoods.
- An advisory panel from the Urban Land Institute, which informed our thinking on waterfront resilience, outreach and information sharing with community members, and laying additional groundwork for adaptive neighborhoods.
- A Climate Resilience Committee workshop, which involved an exercise ranking proposed actions by ease and impact of implementation.
- Within City of Miami government, the creation of an interdepartmental Resilience Action Group and the identification of liaisons in every department to lead collaboration and communication on resilience efforts going forward.
We believe continued learning and collaboration are critical to the successful implementation of this strategy. So, we have built outreach and input processes into Miami Forever Climate Ready, with the hope that Miami residents and all our partners will continue to provide their ideas and insights in the years to come.