The Basics

WHO: Members of CAW and CCAP, as well as other partners interested in the topic of climate migration

WHAT: The 2023 joint meeting of the ME Climate Change Adaptation Providers (CCAP) network and the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW). This event will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss human migration in and around the region and what it may mean for communities over the coming decades.

WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 2023; refreshments and networking start at 9am, the program starts at 9:30am and will adjourn by 3:30pm

WHERE: The Casco Bay Room at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland, ME [directions in Google Maps]

Workshop Description

What draws people to coastal Maine and New Hampshire? What drives them away? What effect is a changing climate likely to have on people moving into or out of the region?  Please join colleagues, partners, and potential partners to share your perspectives about what’s happening, what’s needed, and who should be involved in helping the region become a place where all can thrive amid climatic and other changes. The objective of this workshop is to foster a network prepared for and responsive to climate migration, by sharing information and perspectives, identifying information needs, exploring what preparing for climate migration means, and building relationships among existing and new partners.

This meeting is being conducted in partnership with the goals of a regional NOAA funded planning project, A Northeast Safe and Thriving for All (NEST), that seeks to strengthen the network of assistance providers helping to prepare the Northeast region for change, identify important questions that need to be answered in order to do so, and identify partners needed to proceed in more equitable ways. This initial meeting will inform future collaborations and grant proposal opportunities. 


9:00AM Refreshments and Networking
9:30AM Welcome
Julia Peterson, NH Sea Grant
9:45AM Overview of Climate Migration in Maine and New Hampshire 
Dr. Linda Shi, Cornell University

Panel: Why is Climate Migration an Issue Right Now?

Moderator: Dr. Vanessa Levesque, University of Southern Maine

  • Judy East – Director, Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning in Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry
  • Ryan Fecteau – Senior Advisor for Community Development & Strategic Initiatives, Maine Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation & the Future
  • Ben Frost – Deputy Executive Director / Chief Legal Officer, NH Housing
  • Kirsten Howard – Resilience Program Coordinator, NHDES Coastal Program; PhD student, University of New Hampshire
11:30AM Blue Hill Bay Case Study Analysis
Rachel Bouvier, Department of Economics, University of Southern Maine; Founder and President of rbouvier consulting
12:00PM Lunch
1:00PM World Cafe: How can our communities prepare for migration?
2:30PM Networking and Reflection
3:00PM Plenary Discussion
3:30PM Adjourn


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Registration is required to help with planning. Please register here: If you have any questions about the registration form please reach out to

The registration fee for the day is $20 to help cover lunch and other event expenses; the registration page also has a waived fee option. The planning team is committed to ensuring this workshop is accessible to every person who wants to attend and so we are offering a sliding scale of registration fees. Individuals should consider the waived fee if, for example, they are a presenter/panelist, an unpaid community advocate or organizer, or a student, unemployed, underemployed, retired, or have limited financial resources.


Lunch as well as light morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided. The registration form includes a question to note any dietary needs. We encourage you to bring a coffee mug and reusable water bottle to help reduce waste from this event.


CAW and CCAP are committed to hosting inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to participate fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Lisa Wise at or (603) 696-4078. Advance notice will help us to provide seamless access.

Directions and Carpooling

Directions to the South Portland Recreation Center, 21 Nelson Rd, South Portland, ME

Carpooling is encouraged; feel free to use this Group Carpool site to offer or join carpools.

COVID and Health

The planning team is following the latest CDC guidance for COVID-19. COVID-19 community levels are currently “low” in Cumberland County but community transmission remains “substantial” (as of early February 2023) and we will continue to track these levels and associated guidance. In preparation for this session, we have developed the following recommendations in an effort to protect the health of all participants:

  • COVID-19 vaccination (including boosters) is strongly encouraged.
  • Mask wearing is welcome and encouraged in indoor spaces but not required.
  • A rapid test is strongly encouraged prior to joining the in-person event.
  • Please follow CDC guidance if exposed to COVID-19 within the 10 days leading up to the event (February 27 – March 9). This includes wearing a well-fitting mask indoors.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within the 10 days leading up to the workshop, please follow the CDC guidance for isolation. If you test positive for COVID-19 within the 5 days leading up to the event, please do not attend.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home. We will do our best to make available content from the presentations and notes from the world cafe and plenary discussion to all following the event.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact