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Maryland's Department of Natural Resources Policy Number 2010-11: Building Resilience to Climate Change

October 12, 2010

Enacted in 2010 by the State of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, this document sets forth the Department’s policy to manage the state’s land, natural resources and assets toward better understanding, mitigating and adapting to climate change. In this policy, the Department identifies climate change-related practices, procedures and implementation actions across seven areas: new land investments, facility and infrastructure siting and design, habitat restoration, government operations, research and monitoring, resource planning, and advocacy.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Policy: “Building Resilience to Climate Change”

October 15, 2010

As the lead agency in Maryland for climate change adaptation efforts, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued this policy to “provide direction and guidance regarding the Department’s investments in and management of land, resources and assets in the face of climate change.” The policy is “to make sound investments in land and facilities and to manage [DNR] assets and natural resources so as to better understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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General Design Principles for Resilience and Adaptive Capacity in Legal Systems: Applications to Climate Change Adaptation Law

October 20, 2010

This Article explores ways to think about designing legal instruments and institutions to be resilient and adaptive to climate change impacts - described as "massive, variable, and long-term." The article reviews resilience theory in a framework relevant to lawyers, and explores general design principles for legal systems.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: J.B. Ruhl

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California Ocean Protection Act (amended 2011)

January 2011

The California Ocean Protection Act (COPA) was signed into law in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, establishing the California Ocean Protection Trust Fund and the Ocean Protection Council (OPC). As amended in 2011, COPA is also a tool in assisting city governments to plan for climate change adaptation and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

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City of Binghamton, New York Erosion Control Ordinances

2011

The City of Binghamton, New York’s erosion control ordinances require property owners seeking permits for construction to submit an Urban Runoff Reduction Plan (URRP) to demonstrate how they will manage stormwater after construction.   The URRP must show how the development will manage a 10-year, 24-hour storm event and include green infrastructure techniques.   Like Seattle Washington’s stormwater ordinance, the clear requirement to include green infrastructure takes the code beyond simple retention, specifying the best management practices (BMPs) that the city most wants to see, such as green roofs.

Related Organizations: City of Binghamton, New York

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Transforming the Means and Ends of Natural Resource Management

2011

This article, from the North Carolina Law Review, addresses limitations of existing regulatory systems to manage the effects of climate change on natural resources in the United States. The Article explores the implications of continuing to rely on conventionally static and fragmented decision making, passive management, and historical preservation when global climatic shifts are widely expected to lead to rapid changes in ecological systems that are unforeseen, novel, and potentially detrimental to ecological diversity and function.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change Adaptation: A Collective Action Perspective on Federalism Considerations

February 1, 2011

Although an extensive literature concerning the federalism implications of climate change mitigation policy has developed, less has been written about the

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Robert L. Glicksman

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines

March 23, 2011

The Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines were developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to help project engineers and architects integrate sustainable engineering practices into the design and construction of all PANYNJ projects, which include new and reconstructed roadways, airfields, bridges, tunnels, and marine structures, among other infrastructure projects.  The guidelines are designed to reduce the environmental impacts of projects, and several of the guidelines involve adapting to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines, Appendix 2: Climate Change Projections

March 23, 2011

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in 2011 created Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines to rate agency infrastructure projects using a point system and checklist that incorporates design evaluation based on climate change projections for temperature, precipitation, and flood elevation. The Guidelines require application of these climate change projections and evaluation of impacts in order to receive points for the “Site Assessment” phase of project design, which generally involves assessing existing conditions and using the information to identify best management practices (BMPs) for the project.

Related Organizations: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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Legal Considerations for Climate Change Impacts on Tribes’ Off-Reservation Resources

April 2011

Roughly 1. 2 million U. S. tribal members living on or near reservations are experiencing constraints on their lifestyles and economic activity due to the impacts of climate change. Forest resources are deteriorating due to invasive species, while salmon are threatened by warmer water temperatures. In the United States, the federal government has an obligation to exercise legal authorities to protect tribal lands, resources and rights. Because ecosystems and ecosystem impacts permeate jurisdictions and borders, tribal dependence on the land extends beyond on-reservation resources.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Teresa Jacobs, Santi Alston

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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