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Planning Guides for Rural and Small Communities

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Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments

September 2007

This guidebook was developed by the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington and King County, Washington, in association with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. The purpose of the guide is to help decision-makers in a local, regional, or state government prepare for climate change by recommending a detailed process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools.

Related Organizations: Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES), King County, Washington, University of Washington, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

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Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster Resilient Communities

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to provide Vermont with technical assistance in planning for long-term flood resilience. The goal of the collaboration is to incorporate smart growth principles into local policies, development regulations, and hazard mitigation plans. The project is a product of EPA's year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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USDA Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast

October 2016

This USDA report provides information and resources to help farmers prepare for and respond to the regional impacts of climate change. The report summarizes the effects of climate change on agriculture and natural resources in the Midwest and Northeast U. S. and overviews strategic options for climate adaptation in agriculture.   The USDA provides new resources to bring climate change planning to the farm - including adaptation strategies and approaches, an adaptation workbook, and examples for assessing and planning.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Drought-Ready Communities - A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness

May 2011

The Drought-Ready Communities pilot project culminated in 2010 with this "Guide to Community Drought Preparedness" that communities throughout the U.S. can use to understand and reduce their drought risk. The process outlined in the Guide is broad-based, recognizing that drought creates problems that go beyond the scope of which water suppliers alone can address.

Related Organizations: National Drought Mitigation Center, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance

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Storm Lake, Iowa Green Infrastructure Plan for Water

April 2015

In 2014, the City of Storm Lake, Iowa was chosen for a pilot project by the Iowa Economic Development Authority to develop a plan for city-wide green infrastructure technology for improved urban water management - including storm, sanitary, and potable water solutions. This Plan is meant to serve as a case study and guidance document for green infrastructure planning in other communities. The Plan demonstrates a process that can be replicated and scaled to any size city.

Related Organizations: Iowa Economic Development Authority, City of Storm Lake, Iowa

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Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

2008

The Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Adaptation Initiative in Australia has focused on planning for the impacts of climate change by developing local councils’ capacities to apply a risk management process. The objective of the CCP Adaptation Initiative in its first year was to examine internal processes that these councils rely upon to make decisions related to complex data used in climate change projections and scenarios. The result of the first year’s work by the initiative is this toolkit.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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Climate Change Adaptation Planning: A Handbook for Small Canadian Communities

March 2011

Recognizing that climate change adaptation is particularly difficult for small communities, the Canadian Institute of Planners published this climate adaptation Handbook for small towns and cities. While it was designed for Canadian communities, the processes described are applicable in the U.S. context.

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Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches

2015

This report argues that Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) are uniquely poised to support resilience planning by taking actions such as bridging governmental and functional boundaries, identifying funding opportunities, supporting planning, providing technical expertise, and helping to communicate key messages. It also makes the case that regional organizations have a pivotal role in rural landscapes where formal government capacity is weak. The report synthesizes the literature on resilience, describes the role of RDOs, and presents the latest developments around measuring resilience.

Related Organizations: National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

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Keeping North Carolina's Farms and Forests Vibrant and Resilient: An Adaptive Management Planning Strategy

June 2015

The North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group (NC-Adapt) has found that climate change risks to North Carolina’s agriculture and forestry industries warrant expanded and accelerated adaptive management planning. In this report, NC-Adapt reviews summarized climate impacts for the sectors, and outlines an adaptive management plan to improve agriculture and forestry resiliency and economic viability.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group (NC-Adapt)

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Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook

May 2007

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have collaborated in producing this handbook. The handbook introduces local officials and concerned citizens to No Adverse Impact (NAI) concepts, and suggests how a coastal community can use the NAI approach to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their coastal environments.

Related Organizations: Association of State Floodplain Managers, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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