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Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments

Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environment (LA SAFE) supplements Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan by serving as a generalized framework for land use and community development along Louisiana’s coast. Recognizing that not all vulnerable areas can be protected from flood risks, the report outlines three different development strategies - Retreat, Retrofit, or Resettle.  Based upon the expected flood inundation from a 100-year storm event over the next 50 years, the strategies respond to three typological zones: Retreat from areas projected to experience more than 14 feet of flood inundation; Retrofit places of economic and cultural value projected to experience between 3 and 14 feet of flood inundation; and Resettle to maximize underdeveloped areas and high-ground corridors that are projected to experience less than 3 feet of flood inundation.

Related Organizations: State of Louisiana

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Elements of Effective Engagement

2016

This brief guide makes recommendations on how to improve community engagement during the planning process for implementing resilient infrastructure. Based on examples from the first seven projects sponsored by Rebuild by Design, this document highlights the best practices of community engagement among the projects as they were implemented. The guide asserts that the success of any project “depends largely on the degree, quality and continuation of community collaboration,” making its recommendations valuable for improving climate resilience in local communities.

Related Organizations: Rebuild by Design

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Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management

October 30, 2015

This report describes the stormwater management challenges that Southern Florida faces due to climate change and offers several recommendations for how these issues can be addressed. It discusses three basin scale strategies: Everglades restoration, adjusting regional water control practices, and small scale adaptation efforts. Local governments can also play a pivotal role by investing in green infrastructure and implementing financing strategies for stormwater management. This guidance document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with implementation of the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan.

Related Organizations: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, Institute for Sustainable Communities

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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation Climate Change Strategic Plan

April 2016

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Climate Change Strategic Plan is an initial effort to identify climate adaptation strategies by drawing on the expertise of the Tribes’ administration, elders, scientific leaders, and other stakeholders. The confederated tribes currently reside in the Flathead Reservation in Montana, although their territories were originally located in what is now western Montana, northern Idaho, and parts of southern Canada. The plan is particularly concerned with the preservation of the tribe’s natural and cultural resources.

Related Organizations: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation

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The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience

2015

This report details both the benefits of and barriers to responsible corporate adaptation. The report includes 17 case studies that provide examples of innovative solutions used by companies to overcome the most pressing challenges to responsible corporate adaptation such as information gaps, uncertain risk, planning challenges, and policy, regulatory and socio-cultural barriers (see an overview of the case studies on pages 25 – 27). The report includes recommendations for businesses and policymakers to enhance “responsible corporate adaptation, strengthen collaboration and incentivize the development of adaptation solutions.

Related Organizations: United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

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Avoiding and Minimizing Risk of Flood Damage to State Assets: A Guide for Delaware State Agencies

March 2016

Prepared by Delaware’s Flood Avoidance Workgroup, this report outlines a set of principles and instructions for ensuring that existing and future flood risks are considered during site selection and project design, as required by Executive Order 41.  

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Here-Now-Us "OWL" Virtual Reality SLR Project

2015

Here. Now. Us. was a project launched in 2015 by the County of Marin, California, Climate Access, and the company Owlized to engage community members of the county to better understand local climate impacts, and begin to formulate solutions. To help visualize local sea level rise, OWL viewfinders were installed along a popular coastal multi-use pathway in Mill Valley, Marin County. These viewfinders are modeled after the classic coin-operated binoculars found at scenic viewpoints, but upgraded with 3D visualizations of how these places can be affected by sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California, Climate Access

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Policy Platform of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance - Federal Policy Opportunities

February 2016

This Policy Platform outlines actionable strategies for federal agencies that can be implemented immediately to protect and restore the watersheds of the western U. S. The policy recommendations were developed by Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Alliance, offering near-term policy solutions for the long-term resilience of forested headwaters for water supply. Forested watershed and source water protection is critical for climate resiliency. Watersheds filter pollutants, control erosion, regulate temperature, attenuate floods, and buffer human activities from drinking water resources.

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Oregon 2015 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

September 24, 2015

The Oregon Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) identifies Oregon’s natural hazards and their probability, the state’s vulnerabilities, its mitigation strategies, and prioritized actions to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards. The plan includes the results from a state-wide risk assessment, regional risk assessments for eight regions in Oregon, a mitigation strategy, and an “enhanced” plan. The Risk Assessment introduces how the state is impacted by climate change, and how climate change is predicted to impact each hazard statewide.

Related Organizations: State of Oregon

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Living With Climate Change

October 20, 2015

Living with Climate Change: How Communities Are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate describes the strategies cities are taking to protect themselves from climate change, to reduce their vulnerability, and to adapt and become more resilient. The book also examines obstacles to local, state, and national action on climate change, includes case studies to illustrate smart, effective policies and practices that have already been put in place, and defines how these actions benefit the economy, the environment, and public health.

Related Organizations: American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jane A. Bullock, George Haddow, Kim Haddow, Damon Coppola

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