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Community-Based Resilience

Nature's Strength

The Adrienne Arsht Community-Based Resilience Solutions Initiative: this multi-year effort explores how nature’s resilience can help us face climate challenges.

Adrienne Arsht Community-Based Resilience Solutions Initiative is a Smithsonian-wide effort with leadership based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, which connects the multidisciplinary art and science done at the Smithsonian with key partners across the globe, by focusing on the cross-cutting theme: adaptation as a pathway to resilience for people and nature. This center will zoom in on tropical systems and the people depending on them.

The Plan

Living Lab: Researchers will study natural resilience—like how tropical rainforests adapt—to inspire real-world solutions.

Nature-Based Solutions: Test and develop methods for more sustainable fishing and restoring rainforests.

Education: Create bilingual tools to help policymakers and communities make better decisions.

Virtual Resilience Tour: A 15-stop virtual journey pairing science with art to explore the idea of resilience.

Smithsonian Resilience Fund: A grant program that aims to spark innovation across all Smithsonian museums and centers.

Business leader and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht’s generous donation kicked off a transformative program for climate resilience at the Smithsonian. Learn more about the Initiative.