National Adaptation Forum
Identifying Decision-Focused Climate Adaptation Activities and Aligning Priorities Across Multiple Sectors and Scales in the Southeastern United States
This paper summarizes the process and outcomes of a Southeast Working Group convened at the National Adaptation Forum, May 11-14, 2015. It includes results of a pre-workshop survey, lightning talk profiles of groups working on climate adaptation in the southeastern US, summary of discussions, and recommended actions for collaboration.
Regional Climate Adaptation Plans
This book is based on a technical report the National Climate Assessment (NCA) document that was prepared for submission to the President of the United States and the United States Congress. That document summarized the scientific literature with respect to climate impacts on the Southeast (SE) USA, in particular the literature that has been published since 2004.
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact), a unique and collaborative effort among Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe Counties, their municipalities and partners, has worked over the past two years to develop this plan. Much of the Compact’s work up to this point has served to unite, organize, and assess our region through the lens of climate change in setting the stage for action.
This report is published as one of a series of technical inputs to the Third National Climate Assessment Report. Findings from the NCA provide input to federal science priorities and are used by U.S. citizens, communities and businesses as they create more sustainable and environmentally sound plans for the nation’s future.
Adapting to Shoreline Change: A Foundation for Improved Management and Planning in South Carolina – SC
Recognizing the threats of chronic erosion, sea level rise, increased shoreline development, and a lack of comprehensive beachfront planning and management, the panel developed recommendations that provided guidance to state regulators and legislators in developing state beach management policies.
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has identified a plan of action for the next four years to address contemporary coastal and marine resource issues facing South Carolina. These goals and objectives will serve as a guide and filter for the activities that the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium will undertake over the next four years.O
On January 12, 2010 Lee County contracted the SWFRPC to develop the Lee County Climate Change Resiliency Strategy (CCRS). The CCRS includes a process for identifying potential climate change resiliency strategies through coordination and consultation with local government leadership in 39 Lee County departments and divisions.
This report identifies the alternative adaptations that could be undertaken to address the identified climate change vulnerabilities for the City of Punta Gorda.
Throughout this document, the authors have endeavored to present a thorough accounting of the most pressing potential impacts along with a set of possible policy responses to protect Floridians and enhance the resilience of the state’s infrastructure, communities, and natural systems.
Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors established an expert panel to develop recommendations for local governments to adapt to potential changes in the region’s climate and associated environmental effects.
The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy. The Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.
A comprehensive plan that contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.
Climate Change Adaptation Strategy – London
Managing risks and increasing resilience is the Mayor’s climate change adaptation strategy for London. It details his strategic approach to managing the climate risks we face now and in the future in order to maintain London as one of the best big cities in the world.
National Climate Adaptation Plans
National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy – Inter-institutional
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Department of Commerce), State, and tribal partners, present a Strategy designed to inspire and enable natural resource professionals and other decision makers to take action to conserve the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses and values these natural systems provide, in a changing climate.
The Fish and Wildlife Service Strategic Plan’s primary purposes are to (1) lay out our vision for accomplishing our mission to “work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people” in the face of accelerating climate change; and (2) provide direction for our own organization and its employees, defining our role within the context of the Department of the Interior and the larger conservation community.
Convened by the National Research Council in response to a request from Congress (P.L. 110-161), America’s Climate Choices is a suite of five coordinated activities designed to study the serious and sweeping issues associated with global climate change, including the science and technology challenges involved, and to provide advice on the most effective steps and most promising strategies that can be taken to respond.
Developed under the National Park Service Climate Change Response Strategy, this guide is part of an interdisciplinary, cross-cutting approach to addressing climate change. The overall program supports NPS efforts to understand climate science in national parks and surrounding areas and to adapt to a changing climate to promote the resiliency of our cultural and natural heritage.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies climate change committee has cited the need for an understanding of these federal resources to which state fish and wildlife agency managers can refer when they need climate adaptation information. The goal of this document is to provide that understanding and to prevent duplication of federal climate adaptation work on the state level.
Offers a framework for state coastal managers to follow as they develop and implement climate change adaptation plans in their own states.
Climate Adaptation Links – web-based resources with current knowledge and information applicable to states, tribes and communities on adaptation practice and implementation to build community resiliency. Developed as part of a symposium series for tribal, state, and local stakeholders, EPA representatives, and experts from a variety of sectors to consider the impact of EPA’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan on the implementation of federal environmental programs.
This project developed a ‘climate ready’ approach to managing biodiversity to accommodate many ecological changes, remain relevant over time and conserve multiple dimensions that are valued by society.
The implications of climate change for biodiversity conservation and the National Reserve System: Final Synthesis – CSIRO
Protected areas are a crucial component of strategies for conserving biodiversity; however, their selection and design are usually not informed about the impacts of climate change. To inform future management of protected areas in Australia under climate change scenarios, this project produced the first Australia-wide, assessment of the magnitude of ecological impact that climate change could have on biodiversity, using three state-of-the-art quantitative techniques.
Implications for policymakers: Climate change, biodiversity conservation and the National Reserve System – CSIRO
CSIRO recently completed an in-depth analysis of the effects of climate change on Australian biodiversity and the implications for conservation and the National Reserve System (NRS). This project produced a series of technical reports, regionally focused ecological analyses and a final synthesis report (Dunlop et al. 2012).