Case Study on The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) explores how four counties in Southeast Florida formally established a collaborative to create close partnerships with municipalities and other entities in the region to prepare for the impacts of climate change. This case study describes how the Compact was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to adapt to climate change, and how the Compact funds its activities. This case study can be used by local and regional governments to help them develop strategies for coordinating across jurisdictional lines to support climate action in their regions.

The Compact is a collaborative that covers the geographic area spanning four counties in Southeast Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach) and their 108 municipalities. This region is highly vulnerable to sea-level rise and coastal flooding, and saltwater intrusion threatens the regions water supply. This case study chronicles how the Compact formally established its membership consisting of the four counties themselves, and the Compact counties work to create close partnerships with municipalities and other partners in the region.

The Compact is helping local governments and other partners in the region coordinate climate action by:

  • convening stakeholders in the Southeast Florida region through climate action summits, trainings, and workshops;
  • coordinating on state and federal legislative agendas, which successfully resulted in the passage of state legislation to support climate adaptation efforts in the counties;
  • developing uniform sea-level rise projections for the region and combining resources to support development of a regional climate vulnerability assessment;
  • developing a regional climate action plan (RCAP) to coordinate local responses to sea-level rise and climate change;
  • providing guidance to help local jurisdictions implement policies recommended in the RCAP
  • sharing local success stories; and
  • collaborating to secure funding to support implementation of projects and programs across different jurisdictions and sectors.

It also discusses some of the Compact’s key successes including developing a Regional Climate Action Plan, providing guidance and technical support to help municipalities implement the plan, and getting municipalities in the region to sign on to Compact through the “Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge” stating support for the Compact and its regional action plan. The Compact has also successfully engaged a diversity of stakeholders in the region through partnerships with nonprofits, the regional water management district, and a coalition of Florida universities working on climate change. The Compact has also successfully brought attention and funding to the region, including support through the 100 Resilient Cities initiative.  

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 describes 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 17, 2017

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