Climate Ready Estuaries 2009 Progress Report

This report details progress made in the Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program from its inception, in 2008, through 2009. CRE, in partnership with the National Estuaries Program (NEP), is helping estuaries assess their vulnerability to climate change impacts, engage stakeholders and develop monitoring and adaptation plans. Together with the 2010 CRE Progress Report, these reports provide a summary on the design and accomplishments of CRE to date, as well as next steps.

Major program accomplishments described in the report include enrolling initial partners, developing and publishing a toolkit, conducting baseline vulnerability assessments and holding a partners workshop. Lessons learned from these efforts are listed; select lessons include involving local communities in adaptation efforts and coordinating with government entities.

The report concludes with challenges and next steps for the CRE program. Several planned next steps are to expand place-based support, increase communications among CRE Partners, convene another CRE Partner Workshop, and develop materials for use by CRE Partners to increase awareness of coastal adaptation to climate change.

CRE was developed in 2008 to build capacity among coastal managers to improve the resilience of coastal areas to climate impacts. The program provides tools and assistance to NEPs and coastal communities to assess climate change variability, engage and educate stakeholders, develop and implement adaptation strategies, and share lessons learned with other coastal managers. 






Publication Date: 2009

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