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An Introduction to Adaptation in Rural Areas and Small Communities

The resources below provide a starting point to help rural and small communities that are working to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

 

 

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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)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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Enabling Adaptation: Priorities for Supporting the Rural Poor in a Changing Climate

May 2009

This issue brief from the World Resources Institute is "formulated in response to an increasingly urgent need for articulating and agreeing upon a vision of effective adaptation - in part to inform the architecture for financing climate adaptation. " The paper argues that the poor, and in particular the resource-dependent rural poor, must be a central concern in any effective adaptation funding effort, and that one of the major pillars of an effective adaptation strategy is support for an enabling environment that allows them to build their resilience through natural resource management.

Related Organizations: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Manish Bapna, Heather McGray, Gregory Mock, Lauren Withey

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Case Study on The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP)

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) explores how local governments in the 22-county rural Sierra-Nevada region of California are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change.  This case study describes how Sierra CAMP was formed and has organized its decision-making, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the Sierra-Nevada region, how the collaborative is influencing state decisionmaking and broadening connections between rural and urban adaptation efforts, and how the collaborative is funding its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Annie Bennett, Hillary Neger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Rural Climate Dialogues: Minnesota State Convening

September 2016

This brief report summarizes “Dialogues” or discussions between Minnesota state agencies and local community members to begin planning for climate change and resilience in rural Minnesota.  The Jefferson Center and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy convened three Rural Climate Dialogues - in Stevens, Itasca, and Winona Counties - generating “deliberative public engagement” and a shared community response to address climate change. A common priority expressed by all three communities was the need to support local initiatives through state agencies and programs.

Related Organizations: Jefferson Center, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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USDA 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan

2014

The 2014 U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Change Adaptation Plan presents strategies and actions to address the effects of climate change on key mission areas including agricultural production, food security, rural development, and forestry and natural resources conservation. The Plan includes input from eleven USDA agencies and offices.   It provides a detailed vulnerability assessment, reviews the elements of USDA’s mission that are at risk from climate change, and provides specific actions and steps being taken to build resilience to climate change.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NADO Resilient Regions report

July 2011

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Resilient Regions report describes how regional planning and development organizations are helping local governments to re-build resiliently after natural disasters.  The report offers detailed case studies from Florida, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Wisconsin. The strategies described demonstrate how land use planning can be adopted as a hazard mitigation tool to reduce vulnerability, promote economic growth, ensure natural resource protection, and adapt to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Building Economic Resilience in the Kerr-Tarr Region (North Carolina): Recommendations for Linking Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies and Hazard Mitigation Plans

March 16, 2015

Developed for the Council of Governments for the Kerr-Tarr region of North Carolina, this report identifies ways to align the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and its hazard mitigation plans (HMPs), and to incorporate economic resilience into the CEDS. The report outlines the four essential elements of the CEDS and HMPs - planning process, risk assessment, mitigation strategy and plan maintenance - and demonstrates how they can inform each other.  The Kerr-Tar Regional COG covers North Carolina’s predominantly rural Region K, which includes Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren Counties.

Related Organizations: Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (North Carolina), National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), University of Louisville Kentucky, Center for Hazard Research and Policy Development

Resource Category: Planning

 

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