Adaptation Planning for the National Estuary Program - Elements of an Adaptation Plan

This report, from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program of the Environmental Protection Agency, outlines and illustrates five critical elements of adaptation planning and provides suggestions for additional resources. The five elements discussed include the following: conducting vulnerability assessments, setting priorities and selecting actions, defining adaptation actions, creating a communication plan, and creating a monitoring and evaluation plan.

Any estuary in the National Estuary Program (NEP) should incorporate these elements in an adaptation plan in order to achieve recognition as a Climate Ready Estuary (CRE). While specifically developed for the NEPs, this document can be used as a resource for other coastal communities as a starting point for planning to adapt to climate change.

Publication Date: May 2009

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