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Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan

December 2017

The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Ipswich River Watershed Association, developed this adaptation plan for six coastal communities in northeastern Massachusetts (Salisbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Essex, Ipswich, and Rowley) that are in the Great Marsh and highly vulnerable to climate change. The report includes thorough reviews of vulnerability assessments of current and future coastal climate threats for the region and for each town. Near and long-term strategies that reduce risk and increase ecosystem and community resiliency are described for each of the six communities and regionally as well.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Taj Schottland, Christopher Hilke

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Greening Your Community through Cost-Effective LID

This series of five fact sheets explain Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), and sustainable design in order to help communities understand and adopt smart land use. This information describes how LID and GI not only help to manage stormwater and improve groundwater supplies, but also can reduce flooding, improve water quality, lower maintenance costs, and increase property values. MassAudubon suggests that preserving existing GI is a first line of defense against climate impacts such as increased storm intensities, while achieving long-term cost savings.

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OMB Standards and Finance to Support Community Resilience

December 21, 2016

The White House has been coordinating efforts in partnership with insurance and finance leaders on strategic objectives to increase community resilience and insurability since 2014. From the White House Office of Management and Budget, Standards and Finance to Support Community Resilience is designed to identify opportunities for continued collaboration and help ensure that “future investments will be climate smart from the start, that damaged communities build back smarter, and that both public and private sectors are poised to seize new opportunities to achieve resilience.

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Living Shorelines Academy

November 2016

The Living Shoreline Academy is an interactive website that provides a range of tools for property owners, contractors, and state and local governments about how to design, build, permit, and maintain living shorelines to mitigate erosion on shoreline property.  "Living shorelines" use natural features combined with placement of stone or other small structures to provide shoreline protection that maintains and enhances important coastal ecosystem functions.  Living shorelines are a strategy that many states and communities are considering for enhancing coastal resilience to sea-level rise and the impacts of climate change.

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Bridging the Adaptation Gap: Approaches to Measurement of Physical Climate Risk and Examples of Investment in Climate Adaptation and Resilience

November 2016

This report was prepared by the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI), a private investor-led initiative focused on climate adaptation and resilience investments. It describes existing approaches to measuring physical climate risks and examples of investments in adaptation and resilience. It also provides recommendations to help stakeholders - including governments, industry groups, think tanks, and investors and financiers - to address barriers to public and private sector investment in climate adaptation and resilience.

Author or Affiliated User: Jay Koh

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FloodHelpNY - New York City, New York

2016

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery in New York launched an $8 million resiliency program in New York City for low- and moderate-income homeowners in 2016. To support this program, they created a free interactive website which provides NYC homeowners with personalized information on flood risks and flood insurance rates. One goal of the program is to connect low- and middle-income homeowners with engineers in select coastal communities to provide resiliency audits so they can reduce their risk to future floods and lower their insurance rates.

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Kent County, Maryland Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report

September 2016

This report summarizes the climate change impacts occurring in Kent County, Maryland, and recommends adaptation actions for increasing the resilience of residents, county facilities, and operations.  The report includes a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Kent County which finds that climate change is increasing the risk of localized natural hazards. The assessment describes current and projected climate change impacts including heat, precipitation, sea level rise, and flooding in the region.

Author or Affiliated User: Brian Ambrette

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Memorandum for Executive Departments and Agencies: Strengthening Climate Adaptation Planning in Fiscal Year 2016 and Beyond

April 29, 2016

This memorandum was administered by Shaun Donovan, the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and Christy Goldfuss, the Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the process for strategically strengthening Federal agency climate adaptation planning through annual, in-person progress reviews, which began in 2016. The progress reviews established by this memorandum aim to “maintain the Federal Government's focus on planning for the effects of climate change on agency missions, programs, and responsibilities, and continually improving Agency Climate Adaptation Plans as new information, data, tools, and policies are developed.

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Multifamily Flood Insurance Affordability Study

April 2016

In order to help preserve the affordability and stability of New York City’s waterfront neighborhoods, this report seeks to develop meaningful policy recommendations for flood insurance for multifamily and mixed-used buildings. The authors note the importance of this analysis given recent reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and increasing flood risk due to extreme weather events and sea level rise. The study’s findings quantify the number of multifamily and mixed-use buildings in high-risk areas; determine the extent of flood insurance coverage; and seeks to understand potential rising costs and perceptions around future flood risk and attitudes toward investing in mitigation.

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Cumberland County, North Carolina, Climate Resiliency Plan

February 2016

The Cumberland County Climate Resiliency Plan outlines the priority climate impacts the County faces, observed and projected climate trends, and a Strategic Action Plan. The report presents existing climate and non-climate related conditions of concern; four climate risks that are currently serious threats to the County including heat waves, severe weather events, heavy precipitation events, and prolonged droughts; and the priority impacts associated with each climate risk. In 2015, the Model Forest Policy Program, the Cumberland River Compact, and Sustainable Sandhills worked together to facilitate a climate adaptation planning process and develop this Climate Resiliency Plan for Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Author or Affiliated User: Alba Polonkey

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