Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN)
The Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN), formed in July of 2018, is a collaboration among local governments and partnering organizations that are working together to help the San Francisco Bay Area region effectively and efficiently respond to the impacts of climate change. BayCAN focuses on issues related to water supply, sea-level rise, wastewater and stormwater management, wildfires, ecosystems, and public health, building on existing efforts and initiatives of member agencies and organizations.
BayCAN has also prioritized equity as a topic of importance for the collaborative itself as well as for its members and the region as a whole. BayCAN launched an Equity Work Group in 2019, which serves as a community of practice and peer learning group for BayCAN members to explore solutions for integrating equity within both local and regional adaptation initiatives. The Equity Work Group has helped facilitate trainings for BayCAN members on operationalizing equity and produced an Equitable Adaptation Resource Guide.
BayCAN is a member of the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), which is a statewide network of regional adaptation networks. This offers opportunities for BayCAN to learn from other regional collaboratives operating in various cities and regions in California, and to engage with the state government. ARCCA facilitates a working relationship with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and other state agencies, enabling regional collaboratives to better coordinate local responses to state legislative and policy initiatives.
BayCAN is supported by a membership dues structure depending on organizational size (e.g., for cities and public agencies) or revenue (for non-governmental organizations and businesses).
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Public health
- Frontline Communities
- Water infrastructure
- Water resources