Cumberland County, North Carolina, Climate Resiliency Plan

The Cumberland County Climate Resiliency Plan outlines the priority climate impacts the County faces, observed and projected climate trends, and a Strategic Action Plan. The report presents existing climate and non-climate related conditions of concern; four climate risks that are currently serious threats to the County including heat waves, severe weather events, heavy precipitation events, and prolonged droughts; and the priority impacts associated with each climate risk. In 2015, the Model Forest Policy Program, the Cumberland River Compact, and Sustainable Sandhills worked together to facilitate a climate adaptation planning process and develop this Climate Resiliency Plan for Cumberland County, North Carolina.

The history of Cumberland County settlement and land use is described, followed by information on demographic and economic trends, and the County's landscape and natural environment. The Resiliency Planning and Risk Assessment process is also described in detail.

Analysis of the County’s resources, vulnerabilities and ability to respond to specific climate risks resulted in a wide range of potential impacts that were prioritized. The ‘Need for Climate Resilience’ chapter comprehensively describes the:

  • existing conditions of concern associated with heat waves, severe weather events, heavy precipitation events, and prolonged droughts,
  • the climate risks that are anticipated to worsen for local quality of life and access to natural resources, and
  • the local priority impacts identified for resiliency planning.   

The Strategic Plan section outlines five recommended resiliency strategies, along with a series of supporting action steps to address the identified risks. The five strategies for building climate resilient communities in Cumberland County are to:

    1. Integrate Climate Resilience Into All Planning and Natural Area Conservation Efforts
    2. Protect Future Water Quality and Quantity
    3. Provide Assistance and Support for Vulnerable Populations
    4. Shift Development Patterns to Sustainable Community Design, Green Buildings, and Renewable Energy Supply
    5. Establish and Maintain a Monitoring, Evaluation and Adaptive Management Process




Publication Date: February 2016

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