After Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana officials sought advice from the Dutch. Which makes sense: in the Netherlands people have been managing water for about a thousand years. Coastal communities across the world are now facing new existential threats — rising seas, more intense storms and heavier rain.
The Dutch government goes further than most - its constitution promises to protect its citizens and land from threats.
In November, WWNO and The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate sent reporters to the Netherlands to explore new best practices around water management and climate change adaptation.
The collaborative series will air on WWNO and be published in The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate the week of March 9th.
Join us for a panel discussion as part of this special series. Local experts and officials will discuss what is and isn’t being done in New Orleans to prepare for increased rain and bigger storms in years to come.
The panel will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at Tulane School of Architecture, Richardson Memorial Hall, Room 201, with a short reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was funded by the Pulitzer Center's nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more information, go to pulitzercenter.org/connected-coastlines.
Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. Stay tuned all this week for the rest of the series.