Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update (Draft)

California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy 2017 Update describes the state’s progress in climate adaptation, and presents an actionable plan for the near future. Building on the 2009 California Adaptation Strategy and the 2014 Safeguarding California Plan, the 2017 report is directed by Assembly Bill 1482 (2015-16) to update the state’s adaptation strategy every three years. Guided by the California Natural Resources Agency, 27 state agencies worked together to develop hundreds of actions and recommendations for this Update. In addition to the content of previous versions of the statewide adaptation plan, the 2017 Update proposes conceptual metrics for tracking climate impacts and adaptation responses. The new plan also increases the focus on equity and environmental justice, as well as updating strategies within many sectors to incorporate equity considerations.

Comprehensive strategies for improving resilience across all levels of government and state agencies are included in the first chapter. Recommendations here are to: identify significant and sustainable funding sources for investments that reduce climate risks; prioritize natural infrastructure solutions; and increase equity and resilience through investments, planning, research, and education - among others.

The report is composed of 10 different sectoral plans, in the categories of Social Systems and the Built Environment, or Natural and Managed Resource Systems

Each of the 10 Sector Plans present:

  • High-level Recommendations, which are broad categories of goals to guide action within each sector;
  • Next Steps under each high-level recommendation with objectives and strategies needed to achieve the recommendation; and
  • Ongoing Actions - a summary of climate adaptation projects and programs already being implemented for the sector.


Appendix A is focused solely on Climate Justice strategies. 

The Climate Justice Appendix presents all of the Comprehensive State Strategies, High-level Recommendations, and Next Steps from each chapter of the Safeguarding CA 2017 Update that focus on:

  • Developing social and economic resilience in communities most burdened by the impacts of climate change;
  • Building capacity for responding to climate change at the local and community level; and
  • Creating venues for meaningful public engagement.


Publication Date: May 2017

Related Organizations:

  • State of California


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Resource Types:

  • Adaptation plan
  • Progress report

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