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Webinar: Planning Information Exchange (PIE)
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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Planning Information Exchange (PIE) Webinar


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Thursday, April 15th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central Time



Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood

In cooperation with the American Planning Association, the Association of State Floodplain Managers presents the April 2021 Planning Information Exchange webinar. PIE is a free quarterly webinar series focusing on tools, best practices, and strategies on the role of hazard mitigation planning and its connections with other community planning and hazard risk reduction initiatives.


Working with cities and land trust partners in Gulf Coast communities, The Nature Conservancy has developed tools that facilitate identification and selection of nature-based projects that can protect habitats and enhance coastal resilience while earning Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (FEMA CRS) points to reduce rising and uncertain flood insurance rates. The approaches being shared during this webinar, including the CRS Explorer App and the CRS Greenprint process, have direct applications for the land trusts in the Gulf of Mexico and across the US.


This PIE webinar will focus on The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to link conservation and restoration with CRS. Conservation activities, such as buying and protecting undeveloped lands and restoring wetlands, are ‘nature-based solutions’ that are creditable under CRS.

Attendees of this webinar will: (1) Learn about ongoing projects that connect flood insurance rates, community resilience, and conservation and (2) Learn about tools to identify and select nature-based projects to protect habitats and improve community resilience.


APA Research Associate Jo Peña and Research Manager Joe DeAngelis, AICP, will moderate this webinar. They will be joined by Christine Shepard, Ph.D., director of science for The Nature Conservancy's Gulf of Mexico Program, and Tom Mohrman, director of The Nature Conservancy’s Mississippi Marine Program.




Christine Shepard, Ph.D., is the Director of Science, Gulf of Mexico, for The Nature Conservancy. Christine’s areas of expertise include coastal risk and resilience, climate change, conservation science, and marine spatial planning.


Tom Mohrman has been the Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Mississippi Marine Program since 2011 and worked in various natural resource and conservation roles on the Mississippi coast since 2003.



Continuing Education


1 CM and 1 CEC credits are available for AICPs and CFMs who participate in the entire webinar.




Register here for this webinar, and then join us on Thursday, April 15th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central.