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Adaptive Finance to Support Post-Disaster Recovery

October 2017

This report looks at the reasons for the gap between needed and available funding after disasters - and provides guidance on an adaptive approach to post-disaster financing.  This report is primarily intended for those stakeholders who participate directly in decision-making processes surrounding post-disaster financing, and financiers as well as other practitioners who are looking to creatively support resiliency initiatives.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katy Mixter, Laura Hammett

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Final Report

May 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Rhode Island resolution H-5478 created an 11 member special legislative study Commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to, and resulting from, sea rise and flooding in Rhode Island, and who would report back to the General Assembly by January of 2016. 

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

Related Organizations: Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group

Author or Affiliated User: Jay Koh

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Resilient Cities Summary Report - Global developments in urban adaptation and resilience

2015

This report describes the proceedings of the 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - the Resilient Cities forum on urban resilience and climate change adaptation that convened in Bonn, Germany in 2015. The outcomes presented in the report provide a snapshot of the state of urban resilience, including good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. The report includes general messages from the congress discussions, city case studies, tools and solutions, which are also cross-referenced to additional information and online resources.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Catalog of Adaptation Techniques for Coastal and Waterfront Businesses: Options to Help Heal with the Impacts of Storms and Sea Level Rise

May 2015

The Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) is a partnership between state agencies and the University of Rhode Island to prepare for climate change in coastal communities. Developed by the Beach SAMP team, this catalog provides guidance to business owners to understand exposure to climate change and safeguard buildings from damage. Tips range from reinforcing roofs and raising utility structures, to installing flood gates and utilizing green infrastructure for stormwater management.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit and Final Report

March 2013

The Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit is a web-based portal to many resources for decision and policy makers, waterfront landowners, and waterfront users. The Toolkit contains information about the historical and current use of waterfront space; the economic value of working waterfronts; and legal, policy, and financing tools that can be used to preserve, enhance, and protect these valuable areas. The Toolkit also features detailed case studies of successful working waterfronts initiatives from communities around the country.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts, Virginia Sea Grant, National Working Waterfront Network (NWWN)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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North Carolina 2020 Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan

June 2, 2020

The North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan is the state’s first climate change adaptation plan. It includes the results of vulnerability assessments within 11 critical sectors, climate justice concerns and strategies, and recommendations for nature-based solutions to enhance ecosystem resiliency and sequester carbon in the state’s natural and working lands. North Carolina Governor Cooper’s 2018 Executive Order 80 directed state agencies to integrate climate adaptation and resiliency planning into their policies, programs, and operations; and mandated that the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) lead the development of this climate risk assessment and resiliency plan for the state.

Related Organizations: State of North Carolina

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Los Angeles Clean Up Green Up Ordinance

April, 2016

In April 2016, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a groundbreaking ordinance to address environmental justice concerns within three distinct neighborhoods: Boyle Heights, Pacoima-Sun Valley, and Wilmington. For decades, these three communities – comprised primarily of low-income, Latinx individuals and families – suffered a wide range of health effects, due mostly to the high concentration of polluting industrial sites within their neighborhoods. To address these inequalities, LA City Council passed and implemented the Clean Up Green Up Ordinance with a three-pronged goal in mind: (1) to reduce pollution in the most toxic, hotspot areas; (2) to prevent additional pollution; and (3) to revitalize these neighborhoods through supporting local businesses and economic development.

Related Organizations: Los Angeles City Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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