Building Capacity for Climate Adaptation: Assessing the Vulnerability of Transportation Infrastructure to Sea Level Rise for Safety Enhancement in RITI Communities

Climate vulnerability and adaptation for transportation safety enhancement in indigenous communities is a topic that has not been covered in the other Center for Safety Equity in Transportation (CSET) consortium projects. The proposed project focusing on the safe transportation of indigenous communities in a changing climate addresses the focus area that is complementary to other CSET consortium projects. The findings of the project on the indigenous community’s transportation vulnerability, risk perception, attitudes and practices towards adaptation could be used to develop future outreach activities towards the increase of risk awareness, consensus building, and vulnerability reduction. The results could help to develop context sensitive adaptation strategies that are sensitive to indigenous heritage, traditional ways of knowing and learning, and the preservation of culture, which could serve as the foundation for the development of future adaptation plans. The results could foster the community-agency partnership to support state and local government agencies to facilitate existing adaptation efforts in Hawaiʻi, building capacity for indigenous community engagement in planning, decision-making, and resource allocation. At the state level, the results will help the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Office of Planning to identify potentially effective policy tools to implement Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes (HRS) chapter 226, and Act 83, Hawaiʻi Session Laws 2014. At the local level, the study will help county development and community sustainability plans. For example, the results will inform the Sustainability Community Plan by identifying appropriate adaptation strategies that support resiliency building and vulnerability reduction from the indigenous community’s perspective.