Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Toward Coordinated Resilience Planning Where People and Ecosystems are Being Squeezed by Climate Change

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Over the past few years, state and federal agencies, and communities, have accelerated efforts to adapt to impacts from a changing climate; projects collectively termed as “climate adaptation.” While planners and researchers have developed numerous climate change vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation plans, few concrete examples exist of decisions and on-the-ground action that address impacts of climate change. Working with communities throughout Washington, The Nature Conservancy connects local decision makers with the research community to catalyze on-the-ground adaptation. In this talk, we will highlight examples of our engagement through the Floodplains by Design and Shoreline Master Programs. Floodplains by Design is a public-private partnership working to reduce flood risk and improve community resilience in Puget Sound’s coastal floodplains communities. The program is catalyzing local adaptation actions through supporting inclusive reach scale planning and bringing available climate science into project designs. For the Pacific County example, we will describe the essential role of connecting the dots between the science and mapping of coastal vulnerability, to outreach and policy analysis - all ingredients for project success. Across the two projects, we will synthesize our insights about key elements and hurdles for creating effective conduits to move climate adaptation beyond planning and into action. There is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to responding to climate change. It is critical to understand the social and ecological context of each place, so that climate information can be tailored to address the specific needs of stakeholders and decision-makers.

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Getting to ground: integrating community-driven climate adaptation into Washington’s Floodplain by Design and Shoreline Master Programs.

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Over the past few years, state and federal agencies, and communities, have accelerated efforts to adapt to impacts from a changing climate; projects collectively termed as “climate adaptation.” While planners and researchers have developed numerous climate change vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation plans, few concrete examples exist of decisions and on-the-ground action that address impacts of climate change. Working with communities throughout Washington, The Nature Conservancy connects local decision makers with the research community to catalyze on-the-ground adaptation. In this talk, we will highlight examples of our engagement through the Floodplains by Design and Shoreline Master Programs. Floodplains by Design is a public-private partnership working to reduce flood risk and improve community resilience in Puget Sound’s coastal floodplains communities. The program is catalyzing local adaptation actions through supporting inclusive reach scale planning and bringing available climate science into project designs. For the Pacific County example, we will describe the essential role of connecting the dots between the science and mapping of coastal vulnerability, to outreach and policy analysis - all ingredients for project success. Across the two projects, we will synthesize our insights about key elements and hurdles for creating effective conduits to move climate adaptation beyond planning and into action. There is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to responding to climate change. It is critical to understand the social and ecological context of each place, so that climate information can be tailored to address the specific needs of stakeholders and decision-makers.