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The Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Final Report

November 17, 2016

A Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Final Report and companion website highlight the efforts of seven partnerships across the U. S. to build resilience of natural resources and to increase climate resilience at the landscape scale. These partnerships use existing collaborative, regional approaches to address climate change and to identify priority areas for conservation, restoration, and management actions.  At each location, Federal agencies work closely with state, tribal, and local partners to prepare for and prevent climate impacts, and ensure that long-term conservation efforts take climate change into account.

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D.C. Act 21-539: Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency Establishment Act of 2016

November 18, 2016

In November 2016 the District of Columbia Council passed legislation to establish a  new Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency to act in 2017. (Act B21-0369 established the first Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency for DC in 2015). The 2016-2017 Commission is responsible for identifying best practices in resiliency, conducting vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructure and systems, and making recommendations for legislative or regulatory changes needed to reduce vulnerabilities, among other duties.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Norfolk Vision 2100

November 22, 2016

The City of Norfolk Virginia’s Vision 2100 sets out a high-level strategy to adapt to sea-level rise and flooding through the end of the century. By taking this long-term approach, Norfolk hopes to begin making planning and investment decisions now that will help ensure it remains a “dynamic, water-based community” as climate impacts become increasingly acute in the future.

Related Organizations: City of Norfolk, Virginia

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New Mexico State Wildlife Action Plan

November 22, 2016

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) identifies the Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in New Mexico and their habitats, and offers a conservation plan for these species. Climate change is considered at a statewide, eco-region and habitat level, and is analyzed for its significant impacts to New Mexico's wildlife.

Related Organizations: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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Putting on a Resilience Lens: BoCo Strong Resilience Assessment for Boulder County

December 2016

BoCo Strong uses this county-wide assessment to develop a shared vision of resilience and to better understand the steps that Boulder County, Colorado should take to build resilience. The report defines resilience, outlines a framework to assess if something is resilient, and reviews the challenges and opportunities to build resilience within six sectors: Community, Economy, Health and Social, Housing, Infrastructure, and Natural Environment. The report concludes with cross-sector and sector-specific recommendations to inform work, build partnerships, fill gaps, and increase capacity in the region.

Related Organizations: BoCo Strong

Author or Affiliated User: Karen MacClune

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Alaska Wildlife Action Plan

December 2016

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game developed Alaska’s Wildlife Action Plan to provide a common strategic framework for wildlife management, updated species data, and tools to support the conservation of the state’s aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. The original 2006 plan was updated in 2015, approved in 2016, and has been revised to focus on strategic approaches that will guide priorities and projects over the next 10 years. The purpose of the plan is to identify species of greatest conservation need in Alaska, describe their distribution and habitat use, and the key threats to these species.

Related Organizations: Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)

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State of Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan

December 2016 (amended January 2017)

The Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) agency identifies the major hazards Wisconsin faces, and recommends actions to reduce vulnerability in the Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan. This 2016 version acknowledges the risks of climate change, noting that the state has already experienced an average 1.1°F increase in temperatures over the last 50 years.

Related Organizations: Wisconsin Emergency Management Department of Military Affairs

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New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES)

2016

Based in coastal Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ FRAMES is a collaborative project between the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection, research institutions, and local communities to study and plan for future coastal hazards and flood vulnerability in the region. In 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded New Jersey a nearly $900,000 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant in support of adaptation planning for 15 municipalities in northeastern Monmouth County.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Rutgers University

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The Paris Agreement: What it means for business

2016

This report summarizes the key details of the 2016 UNFCCC Paris Agreement that affect the private sector, and outlines opportunities for businesses and investors to be a part of the global solution to address climate change. The report notes that the Paris Agreement will have both immediate and long term impacts for businesses. As States transition to a low carbon economy, businesses will be impacted by structural changes to energy, land use and urban systems. While pursuant to the Paris Agreement, States are taking action to build resilience and lower emissions in order to keep warming below 2°C, the report asserts that risks will remain and businesses will need to enhance their own climate resilience.

Related Organizations: We Mean Business Coalition

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Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices

December 2016

This report provided by the UN Environment Program outlines operating principles to guide the design, adaptation, and evaluation of “sustainable lifestyle” campaigns and initiatives. The report identifies strategies for developing community level sustainability projects, and provides guidance for effective communication, framing and engagement approaches. It includes 16 unique global case studies that represent various aspects of sustainable living - from compact communities, an agro-ecological marketplace, to a non-profit saving sharks from shark fin soup.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Climate Access

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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