2020 International Forum in Washington, DCThe National Mall in Washington, DC
Managed Retreat: Global Lessons for Success

Event Schedule:

April 14, 2020, 1:30 - 4:15 PM
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC


Our team is looking into dates in August or September 2020 to hold this forum at the National Academies as originally envisioned. This page will be updated as we have more information to share. Please follow the guidelines of your local public health authorities and do your part to help #FlattenTheCurve.



  • 1:30 - 2:30: Keynote Presentations
    • Opening Remarks: NAS and Embassy of Japan
    • Keynote 1: Managed Retreat in North America, Nicholas Pinter
    • Keynote 2: Managed Retreat and Tsumami Recovery in Japan, Mikio Ishiwatari
  • 2:45 - 3:45: Moderated Panel Discussion
    • Moderator: Rebecca Hersher, NPR Science Correspondent
    • Panelists:
      • David Casagrande, Chair of Anthropology, Lehigh University
      • Mikio Ishiwatari, Japan International Cooperation Agency
      • Nicholas Pinter, Shlemon Chair, UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
      • Chuck Setchell, Senior Shelter, Settlements, and Hazard Mitigation Advisor, USAID/OFDA
      • Susan Durden, US Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources
  • 3:45 - 4:15: Question and Answer Session
  • 4:15 - 5:15: Reception 


Targeted Audience

Up to 125 participants from the following communities:

  • International development agencies (e.g., USAID, World Bank)
  • Diplomatic community (especially Pacific Island and southern and southeast Asian nations)
  • National Academies members and staff
  • NGOs focused on sustainability
  • Academic researchers



This event is being convened in partnership with the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academies, at the National Academies of Science Building facing the northwest corner of the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial. Seating is limited and will be by invitation only.


RegistrationNational Academies of Science Building in Washington, DC



For more information:

Contact Ryan Miller at rgmiller@ucdavis.edu