Western Governors' Association (WGA)
The Western Governors' Association is an independent, nonprofit organization representing the Governors of 19 states and three US-Flag Pacific islands. Through their Association, the Governors identify and address key policy and governance issues that include natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, intergovernmental relations and international relations. Governors use the WGA to develop and advocate policies that reflect regional interests and relationships in debates at the national and state levels.
In 2009, the WGA adopted a policy resolution titled 'Supporting the Integration of Climate Change Adaptation Science in the West'. This resolution represented the governors’ interest in a coordinated response to climate change impacts and in including climate science in policy and management activities. The WGA created a Climate Adaptation Work Group, composed of western state experts in air, forests, water and wildlife to recommend next steps.
In 2010, WGA issued a climate adaptation report, 'Climate Adaptation Priorities for the Western States: Scoping Report' (see separate entry), that emphasizes the need for coordination between state and federal efforts to identify key science that is Western specific and begins to share and implement smart practices.
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- Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-3: Regional and National Policies Regarding Global Climate Change
- Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-2: Supporting the Integration of Climate Change Adaptation Science in the West
- Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future
- Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps
- Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report
- Climate Adaptation Priorities for the Western States: Scoping Report
- Western Governors' Association Wildlife Corridors Initiative Report
- Improving Drought Preparedness in the West
- Western Governor's Association Wildlife Corridors Initiative