Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans

From the California Natural Resources Agency, Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans is a progress report describing how the state government is responding to the recommendations from the 2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk report and implementing the adaptation strategies. 

The report is comprised of Implementation Action Plans for ten focal sectors across the state, presenting the risks posed by climate change, adaptation efforts already underway, and actions that will be taken to safeguard residents, property, communities and natural systems. Each Plan provides a quick review of major climate vulnerabilities in the sector and highlights actions taken by state agencies since the release of Safeguarding California to address these vulnerabilities. Critical information gaps are identified and next steps towards meeting the overarching goals as outlined in Safeguarding California are included. 

This resource was featured in the May 20, 2016, ASAP Newsletter.

"California’s Natural Resources Agency recently released a new report in its “Safeguarding California” series, which collectively maps out how the State intends to prepare for the effects of climate change. The new report, “Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans,” includes 10 sector-specific adaptation plans that together aim to ensure that California’s people, communities, and natural systems will be able to withstand the impacts of a changing climate.

For each sector, the report describes risks and vulnerabilities, a summary of current actions the state is taking to prepare that sector for climate impacts, a discussion of next steps and additional actions—including a timeline for implementation—and a plan for monitoring and evaluating progress."

Adaptation/Implementation plans are given for each of the following sectors:

  • Agricultural
  • Biodiversity and Habitat
  • Emergency Management
  • Energy
  • Forestry 
  • Land Use and Community Development
  • Oceans, Coastal Resources and Ecosystems
  • Public Health
  • Transportation
  • Water

A monitoring and evaluation section is included for each sectoral chapter as well. Information is provided on the relevant monitoring and evaluation already done, the impacts and considerations that must be taken into account to adequately assess resilience, and a few metrics that would inform assessments of adaptation initiatives so far.

Appendix B is a table that collectively demonstrates all current actions being taken to address climate change, grouped according to the categories developed in Safeguarding California.

Appendix C and D provide all of the state coastal agencies’ current actions to prepare for climate impacts, and next steps, respectively, organized by the recommendation categories in Safeguarding California.

The ten implementation plans presented here represent a blueprint for executing actions as called for in Governor Brown’s April 2015 Executive Order (B-30-15).  The EO requires that the state’s adaptation strategy, Safeguarding California, is updated every 3 years; identifies vulnerabilities to climate change by sector or regions; outlines primary risks to residents, property, communities and natural systems; and defines a process for agency coordination. The Order establishes a process for tracking implementation of adaptation activities and requires that state agencies incorporate climate change into their planning and investment decisions using a full life-cycle cost accounting to evaluate and compare infrastructure investments and alternatives.



Publication Date: March 2016

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