Public participation through a series of Public Forums will help shape the overall Bay Adapt effort
The Public Forums are specifically designed to meaningfully engage the public and allow for input on forming the Joint Platform.
Bay Adapt will be holding a series of Public Forums toinvite members of the public and interested stakeholders to participate in the Bay Adapt process. Public Forums serve as a critical opportunity for broad stakeholder participation and input to shape the overall process for forming a Joint Platform – a set of consensus driven actions that advance regional adaptation. Two participatory stakeholder engagement events are currently scheduled for 2020.
Bay Adapt held its first public forum to invite everyone to join Bay Area leaders across public, private and non-profit sectors to develop the Bay Area’s first region-wide strategy to protect people and the natural and built environment from rising water levels of the Bay. We were very impressed with the turnout – at least 200 members of the public joined!
At the meeting, there was a panel presentation on “Priorities, Challenges and Opportunities in Regional Sea Level Rise Action,” including speakers: Liam Garland, Director of Public Works at the City of Alameda; John Coleman, CEO of the Bay Planning Coalition; Melissa Jones, Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII); and Mark Gold, Director of the Ocean Protection Council. Following the panel presentation, participants joined virtual breakout groups and discussed their vision for a resilient Bay Area and brainstormed actions we could take to get there.
Thanks to participants willingness to explore new online engagement tools, we successfully solicited input, and brainstormed specific actions to adapt to a rising Bay.