Coastal Quest works with government, community-based organizations, and individuals to initiate self-defined coastal solutions that result in the increased use of decision-support tools, sharing of new approaches and models, conducting user-driven actionable research, identifying best practices, and providing the materials and training that best fit government and community needs and objectives. We support community organizations, especially priority communities with coastal resiliency support, leadership development, and capacity.
Across the globe coastal communities and ecosystems are underrepresented, often crisscrossed with numerous governmental jurisdictions, agencies, and non-governmental organizations intersecting on the coast but not specifically working there. Simultaneously, the increasingly severe effects of climate change — higher temperatures, decreased water quality, extreme weather events, severe wildfires, sea level rise — are resulting in destructive, recurring, and widespread loss of human lives, habitat, and property. Unfortunately support for coastal adaptation and recovery is underfunded, uneven, and unjust. The coast – and the nearly 2.4 billion people who live there – are vulnerable.
We are committed to solving climate, coastal, and water problems. Our mission directly impacts the health of the coast and coastal communities. The scope of our work focuses on identifying, supporting, and implementing viable community-driven solutions. We want to protect and enhance the coastal communities and environments we love, and we achieve this through the following overarching goals: