Barrier Islands in North Carolina | Credit: Constance Knox
  • National Coastal Resilience Fund

    In 2017, the United States spent a record $306.2 billion on 16 weather events, breaking the previous cost record of $214.8 billion in 2005, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition, many coastal cities are experiencing high tide flooding 10 to 20 days or more each year, resulting in public safety and health risks, such as road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure and water quality. 

    The National Coastal Resilience Fund restores, increases and strengthens natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife.

    In its inaugural year, the National Coastal Resilience Fund is investing up to $30 million in conservation projects that restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers, and barrier islands that minimize the impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events on nearby communities. 

    A Regional Focus

    The National Coastal Resilience Fund is a national program with a regional focus, and targets specific circumstances, needs and priorities. The National Coastal Resilience Fund aims to:

    • ​Benefit coastal communities by reducing the impact of coastal flooding and associated threats to property and key assets, such as hospitals and emergency routes
    • Benefit coastal communities by improving water quality and recreational opportunities
    • Benefit fish and wildlife by enhancing the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal and inland ecosystems 

    A Scientific Approach

    NFWF partnered with NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling Analysis Center and NatureServe to develop Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments​ for the United States.  

    The National Coastal Resilience Fund uses these assessments to identify public and private lands ideal for restoration and analyzes projects for their potential to provide maximum benefit for both people and wildlife. The resulting outcome-based approach ultimately minimizes the impacts of natural disasters.

    The National Coastal Resilience Fund is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Shell Oil Company and TransRe.


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  • (Updated: 11/9/2018)


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