Case Study on The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP)

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) explores how local governments in the 22-county rural Sierra-Nevada region of California are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change.  This case study describes how Sierra CAMP was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the Sierra-Nevada region, how the collaborative is influencing state decisionmaking and broadening connections between rural and urban adaptation efforts, and how the collaborative is funding its activities. This case study can be used by local and regional governments, particularly rural regions, to help them develop strategies for coordinating across jurisdictional lines to support climate action in their communities.

Sierra CAMP is the first rural-focused collaborative within California, spanning the mountainous 22-county Sierra Nevada-Southern Cascade region. The collaborative is coordinated by Sierra Business Council and brings together local and county governments and regional agencies in the Sierras, federal government agencies, state conservancies, businesses, nonprofits, and several individuals.  This region of California is particularly vulnerable to drought and increasing risk of wildfires.  

Sierra CAMP is supporting the adaptation initiatives of its members in many different ways:

  • It brings together organizations and jurisdictions to help them develop a common understanding of regional vulnerabilities and to develop adaptation strategies.
  • It helps members share best practices.
  • It helps members join their voices to influence local, state and federal policy.
  • It helps to strengthen connections between rural communities and downstream urban neighbors that rely on water supply from the Sierra-Nevada region.
  • It also helped bring in funding to implement projects in the region.

The report illustrates how Sierra CAMP has worked to strengthen urban-rural partnerships to build support for investment in forest and watershed health. It also discusses how some of the collaborative’s members work to engage with state agencies on climate policy affecting Sierra communities and natural resources, by providing analysis and comment letters on proposed plans, policies, and legislation. Sierra CAMP members also helped the state successfully develop a winning proposal for addressing rural resilience challenges through the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

This case study is part of a series of six case studies that GCC developed to explore lessons that cities and communities across the country are learning as they work together across jurisdictional lines on climate action. Each case study in this series chronicles the roles that these collaboratives are playing to support climate action in their regions, how the collaboratives are helping to align resources and policies among participating jurisdictions, and how they are structured and funded. A synthesis report also shares lessons that can be learned by comparing the efforts of each collaborative on climate policy in their regions.


Publication Date: January 18, 2017

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