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Adapting Forests to Climate Change

April 5, 2017

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has produced a 13-page peer-reviewed paper that outlines adaptation strategies that California land owners can take to sustain their forests' value while facing climate change impacts. The report provides specific recommendations for care of three common types of forest from across California, including: Mixed Conifer, Oak Woodlands, and Coastal Redwood Forests. The focal climate impacts addressed are Fire, Moisture Stress, and Insects and Disease, which are detailed for each forest type - along with some indicators of adaptability.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Adrienne Marshall, Susie Kocher, Amber Kerr, Peter Stine

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Using Nature to Address Flooding - Naturally Resilient Communities Website

April 6, 2017

The Using Nature to Address Flooding website provides a guide of nature-based solutions for managing coastal, riverine, and urban stormwater flooding. The site includes case studies of projects from across the country to help communities in adaptive planning for flooding by identifying with successfully implemented nature-based solutions.

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Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean

April 20, 2017

From The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) this 2 volume book examines climate change impacts on the coastal tourism environment, and discusses adaptive solutions that aim to help grow the tourism trade sustainably. Volume I is focused on impacts to Hotels and Beaches, and Volume II on “Supporting Activities” including Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines and Airports. Both volumes offer essays and case studies by 33 different experts that discuss how tourism sectors in the Caribbean both contribute to, and are impacted by, climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kreg Ettenger, Martha Honey, Samantha Hogenson

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Rising Seas in California - An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science

April 2017

This report is a synthesis of the current state of the science on sea-level rise and updated projections for California - produced by a Working Group of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Science Advisory Team, supported and convened by the California Ocean Science Trust.  The date in this report provides the scientific foundation for updating California’s statewide sea-level rise policy guidance - the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The Guidance documented was updated in 2018 to reflect the recent advances in science around ice loss science and sea-level rise found in this assessment.

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Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to Secure and Manage New Land for Communities Displaced by Climate Change

May 2017

From the Center for Progressive Reform, this paper provides an analysis of the legal, policy, and corporate tools to acquire and govern land to relocate a community. It presents the most promising approaches that could feed into workable strategies for land acquisition, with the aim of protecting people and property in the short term, promoting climate resiliency in the long-term, and maintaining important cultural and economic assets. A number of case studies are included, many of which are focused on Native Americans and Alaskan Natives, since sea level rise and in turn coastal relocation is a present issue among these communities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Maxine Burkett, Robert R.M. Verchick, David Flores

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Framework for Engaging Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses in Maryland on Climate Resilience

May 2017

From the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), this Framework provides guidance to state and local governments on how to engage with and assist small- to medium-sized businesses interested in enhancing their resilience to climate change. The report offers recommendations on how governments can address the resources and information needs of these businesses, and highlights four key recommendations for engaging small business on climate resilience. C2ES asserts that assisting small and medium businesses in resilience planning protects local economies and is mutually beneficial for the public and private sectors.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katy Maher, Janet Peace

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Guide to Public-Private Collaboration on City Climate Resilience Planning

May 2017

This guide is designed to be a first step for city leaders and planners to be able to promote public-private collaboration on city climate resilience planning in their communities. Based on years of research conducted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) on resilience planning in the private sector, the report reviews common themes that emerged about the value cities and businesses find in working together, and provides recommendations to city resilience planners for how they can begin to cooperate with the private sector.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ashley Lawson, Katy Maher, Janet Peace

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Impact Investing for Coastal Conservation: Bridging the Gap

This paper provides a framework for conservation financing in coastal areas that could leverage private sector interests with conservation needs. A few examples of successfully implemented private investments in conservation initiatives are included. Conservation investing is a subset of impact investing, and is defined as “investments in companies, funds, and organizations with the goal of generating a financial return and beneficial environmental impact. ” The paper describes the opportunities and challenges surrounding using private investment capital for natural and nature-based shoreline management approaches such as habitat restoration, conservation, and coastal resilience strategies.

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California Senate Bill 1 (SB-1): Transportation Funding

May 1, 2017

In May 2017 California approved Senate Bill 1 which allocated $52.3 billion for a new Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, up to $20 billion of which was designated to support climate change adaptation planning at a local or regional level. While the law primarily focuses on reducing emissions, it also addresses the need for adaptation by requiring agencies and localities receiving funding to implement adaptive efforts, where cost-effective and feasible.

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Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment

May 2017

This report offers an analysis of 14 voluntary resilience standards by which buildings can be evaluated. The resilience standards addressed are based on guidelines and tools designed to help communities prepare for climate change and hazards - including certifications, benchmarking systems, planning frameworks, and design principles. Recognizing that the market for climate resilient infrastructure standards is nascent, the report discusses how existing programs can encourage medium-term and long-term planning, evaluating the programs using the following criteria: Target Audience - focuses on the type of facility, factors beyond those of the physical site, and the life cycle of the building Impact and Scope - considers social vulnerability and performance goals for certain situations including flooding, earthquakes, and high winds Standard Development Process - how community input was incorporated in the program design and the verification process The resilience standards analyzed were developed by various organizations including nonprofits, universities, U.

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