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Climate Adaptation Policy & Practice in the United States. A Presentation for the Environmental Evaluation Network Forum June 24, 2011 Steve Adams Managing Director | Climate Leadership Initiative The Resource Innovation Group. What is Adaptation?.

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climate adaptation policy practice in the united states

Climate Adaptation Policy & Practice in the United States

A Presentation for the Environmental Evaluation Network Forum

June 24, 2011

Steve Adams

Managing Director | Climate Leadership Initiative

The Resource Innovation Group

what is adaptation
What is Adaptation?
  • Adaptation- Adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities. (IPCC 2007)
  • Various types of adaptation can be distinguished, including
    • anticipatory and reactive adaptation
    • private and public adaptation
    • autonomous and planned adaptation
approaches to climate adaptation
Approaches to Climate Adaptation
  • Anticipatory Planning
    • Climate Vulnerability Assessments
    • Climate Risk Assessments
    • Strategy Development
    • Integration into planning processes
    • Evaluation & Measurement
  • Organizing in key sectors
  • Organizing around key threats
notable local government efforts
Notable Local Government Efforts
  • King County – Seattle
  • City of Keene (NH)
  • City of New York
  • Miami-Dade County
  • City of Chicago
adaptation planning in the states
Adaptation Planning in the States

Source: Pew Center on Global Climate Change

intergovernmental approaches to adaptation
Intergovernmental Approaches to Adaptation
  • CA-OR-WA SLR Assessment – National Academy of Sciences
  • New York City – PlaNYC
  • Western Governor’s Association
  • Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact (CLI)
ceq adaptation task force final report to the president oct 2010
CEQ Adaptation Task Force – Final Report to the President (Oct 2010)
  • Guiding Principles:
    • Adopt Integrated Approaches
    • Prioritize the Most Vulnerable
    • Use Best Available Science
    • Build Strong Partnerships
    • Apply Risk Management Methods & Tools
    • Apply Ecosystem-Based Approaches
    • Maximize Mutual Benefits
    • Continuously Evaluate Performance
ceq adaptation task force final report to the president oct 20101
CEQ Adaptation Task Force – Final Report to the President (Oct 2010)
  • Policy Goals & Recommendations:
    • Encourage & Mainstream Adaptation Planning Across Federal Agencies
    • Improve Integration of Science Into Decision-Making
    • Address Key Cross-Cutting Issues
    • Enhance Efforts to Lead & Support International Adaptation
    • Coordinate Capabilities of Federal Government to Support Adaptation
ceq adaptation guidance to agencies march 2011
CEQ Adaptation Guidance to Agencies – March, 2011
  • Establish agency policy on adaptation
  • Increase agency understanding of how the climate is changing
  • Apply understanding of climate impacts to agency mission and operations
  • Develop, prioritize and implement actions
  • Evaluate and learn