Partnerships for Coastal Resilience Efforts

Partnerships for Coastal Resilience Efforts

A powerful tool for addressing project complexities

Have you ever faced any of these common project challenges?

  • Large and complex coastal resilience approaches.
  • A need to consider multiple, interacting factors like ecological conditions, site geomorphology, sociopolitical context, and more.
  • Limited time, staff capacity, expertise, or budget.

How can you tackle this challenge?


Bring together the many players in coastal resilience—such as regulators, politicians, community members, and practitioners—to collectively overcome challenges.

See how NFWF grantees have used partnerships:

  • North Carolina Division of Coastal Management:
    Built municipal capacity for project planning and implementation.
  • Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council:
    Worked with local communities to identify shoreline adaptation priorities.

Learn their strategies for success – Strategy 1:

Form a diverse, interdisciplinary project team.

  • Collaborate with a wide range of experts who have the skills needed to ensure project success.
  • Identify team members’ complementary skill sets.
  • Define leadership and other roles for all participants.

Learn their strategies for success – Strategy 2:

Build partnerships with community members.

  • Tap community knowledge to inform project design and implementation.
  • Enlist community organizations and volunteers to help construct projects in the field.
  • Cultivate local champions to advocate for the project, increase support, and educate the community.

Want to learn more?

To see examples of how NFWF grantees have used partnerships to strengthen their projects, visit:

For more information, visit Coastal Resilience Success Stories.