The University of New Orleans' Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology and the Foundation for Louisiana were awarded $1 million in grant money to create a three-part series of round-table discussions designed to build a portfolio of best-practices to address global climate change.

Concordia LLC, a local firm that designs and plans community engagement throughout Louisiana, will help develop the series. The grants were awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which aims to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world.

The first session is March 14-15 in Buras, a small community about an hour south of New Orleans that is on the frontlines of coastal change. The second will be in Bellagio, Italy, in fall 2018. Details for the final session are still being determined.

The Global Transformation Roundtable Series will bring together international experts, state leaders and community organizers to share strategies and help lay a blueprint to combat threats from climate-induced coastal erosion, rising sea levels and extreme flooding, the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation said Tuesday.

“We know we are going to face a higher degree of flood risk and land loss over the decades and generations yet to come,” said Monica Farris, director of UNO-CHART. “Every person and every community needs to have a basic literacy on this challenge and its solutions, and that’s what this three-part series aims to provide.”