Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan - Chapter 8: Adaptation

In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with producing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020. The Maryland Commission on Climate Change developed the plan in 2013, and included a chapter dedicated to climate change adaptation in Maryland.

This report provides a snapshot of where Maryland currently (as of Oct 2013) stands in terms of implementing its climate change adaptation planning efforts, and gives priority adaptation strategies across many sectors. The chapter is meant to provide the basis for guiding and prioritizing future state-level activities with respect to both climate science and adaptation policy within short to medium-term time frames (i.e., 1–5 years).

Maryland’s overall approach for increasing climate resilience is presented first, primarily regarding the state’s adaptation strategy (Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change, Phase I and II). Sea level rise and coastal storms adaptation planning and policy, such as the Coast Smart initiative, is a focal area, and many adaptive strategies are suggested.

The report reviews of all of the prominent adaptation activity from Maryland’s state agencies, as well as the related climate legislation that has been enacted. This is organized by sector including: Public health, Agriculture, Forests and terrestrial ecosystems, Bay and aquatic ecosystems, Population growth and infrastructure, and Water resources. Many adaptation strategies in the form of priority recommendations are given for each focal area. Along with every recommendation are the associated lead agencies, key agency partners, timeframe, and priority level.  



Publication Date: October 8, 2013

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