Connecticut Climate Change Preparedness Plan

This adaptation plan presents strategies to address the climate change vulnerabilities for the built and natural environment, agriculture and public health in Connecticut - as identified in the 2010 report entitled The Impacts of Climate Change on Connecticut Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health.” The Connecticut Climate Change Preparedness Plan was published in 2011 and finalized in 2013. 

This subsequent report considers the results of the impacts assessment and makes recommendations for changes to existing state and municipal programs, laws or regulations to enable municipalities and natural habitats to adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts. Adaptation strategies were developed by workgroups, composed of subject matter experts, and under the guidance of the Adaptation Subcommittee of the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change. During the development process, the workgroups also sought stakeholder and public comment.

The report presents adaptation strategies, as well as research and education needs, to address water quality and quantity, ecosystem services, buildings and transportation impacts as they cut across the focal sectors of agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources and public health. These adaptation strategies mostly concern land use and resource planning, and include a number of assessments needed to further inform the adaptation planning process.  Each sector details anticipated impacts, suggested strategies, key state agencies involved, as well as an "adaptation today" section which highlights current and ongoing adaptive activities. 

The report's first appendix contains "Adaptation Menus" developed by the Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health Workgroups. These menus feature detailed lists of specific adaptation strategies for planning areas within each interest area, as discussed by each workgroup.

In accordance with Public Act No. 08-98, An Act Concerning Connecticut Global Warming Solutions, Section 7 required the Governor’s Steering Committee (GSC) on Climate Change to establish an Adaptation Subcommittee to evaluate the projected impacts of climate change on Connecticut agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources and public health and develop strategies to mitigate these impacts. This second report is a response to the additional legislative requirement that the Adaptation Subcommittee identify strategies for adapting to the projected climate impacts in Connecticut.

 

Publication Date: 2013

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  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

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  • Adaptation plan

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