Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning: CEQ Implementing Instructions

From the White House Council on Environmental Quality, this set of 'Implementing Instructions' were issued to inform federal agencies on how to integrate climate change adaptation into their planning, operations, policies, and programs. The instructions are based on the recommendations from the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in its October 2010 Progress Report to the President, and authorized by Executive Order 13514, 'Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance'.

The Implementing Instructions require agencies to establish an adaptation policy that commits the agency to climate change adaptation planning, complete a high-level analysis of potentially significant climate change impacts to the agency mission and operations, and to prepare an agency climate change adaptation plan by June 2012. The instructions identify interim steps for the analysis and plan development. In addition, agencies must identify a point of contact for carrying out the climate change adaptation planning actions and coordinate with other agency adaptation planning and interagency efforts to develop national adaptation plans when possible.

The Implementing Instructions establish a foundation for agencies to set measurable goals and commitments in the future, including: (1) more refined assessments of the vulnerabilities and opportunities created by climate change; and (2) specific adaption actions to minimize risk and capitalize on these opportunities. 



Publication Date: March 4, 2011

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