Community Based Climate Adaptation Planning: Case Study of Oakland, California

This white paper from the California Energy Commission’s California Climate Change Center provides a detailed analysis of climate impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation options for Oakland, California.

This research project engages active members of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC), including community-based organizations and resident leaders, in analyzing the impacts and socio-economic vulnerabilities from climate change. The focal impacts addressed include social vulnerability, coastal flooding from sea level rise, extreme heat, wildfire, air quality, as well as water, food and electricity prices.

The study identified nearly 50 adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the local level to address these impacts and build community resilience. Also, a series of policy solutions were developed to address social equity concerns associated with various adaptation strategies. All of these strategies are reviewed in this report, along with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Trends and best practices in climate adaptation planning processes are addressed also, with a focus specifically on their efficacy in engaging the broader community and in considering the needs of all residents, especially the most vulnerable. Concluding recommendations from the case study are focused on community engagement in research, planning and implementation. Developed in partnership with the OCAC, the recommendations describe how local governments can involve vulnerable communities as equal partners in developing and implementing a climate adaptation plan.


Publication Date: July 2012

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