Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin

Soldiers Grove is a village situated along the Kickapoo River in Crawford County, Wisconsin, in the United States. The population was 592 at the 2010 census. The town has become a case study in best practices for managed retreat. In 1978, flooding inundated the Soldiers Grove area. In the aftermath of the disaster, $900,000 in federal funds were provided to assist in relocating the village’s business district to higher ground. Construction of the new business district began in 1979 and was completed by 1983. A park replaced the old downtown area along the river. It later became the self proclaimed “America’s First Solar Village”. (Quote: Wikiepdia)

USA; 20. Century; Policy, Managed Retreat; City: Soldiers Grove


The small nation state Kiribati has become well known, because it is projected to be one of the first nations who’s citizens are forced into migration because of Rising Sea Levels. Kiribati is made up of 32 atolls scattered across the southern Pacific Ocean. There are no places on these atolls high enough so that migration within the country would be a solution. So the government has created a program called “migration with dignity” to help it’s population to become settled in other nation states. Find here an extensive research on the policy.

Republic of Kiribati; 21. Century; Policy; Managed Retreat

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A sign in front of a home in the town Matatā in New Zealand, that been forced into “managed retreat”, the process where communities, buildings and infrastructure are gradually evacuated from areas designated uninhabitable or to dangerous. The sign reads ‘Whakatane district council stole our homes. Watch out the rest of NZ, you’re next!’ (Photograph: Stephen Langdon/The Guardian)
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New Zealand; 21. Century; Sign; City: Matata