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United States
44° 46' 31.2132" N, 63° 53' 47.3424" W

Project Summary/Overview

With funding from the Nova Scotia provincial government as well as a local power company, Clean Nova Scotia was able to expand the programmatic work of their Climate Change Centre to include community capacity building workshops for adaptation. The Centre’s workshops aim to inform the community, faith-based groups, schools, and First Nation tribes about expected climate change impacts and engage stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue on preparing for future conditions.

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United States
38° 53' 7.2132" N, 77° 2' 10.0788" W

Project Summary/Overview

In addition to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from infrastructure and equipment, the Department of the Interior is also taking adaptation measures. One such example is the creation of a department-wide strategy to address climate change. A 2009 Secretarial Order called for the creation of an Energy and Climate Change Council that would oversee the establishment of eight regional Climate Science Centers and 21 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. These initiatives will integrate climate change science and adaptation throughout the Interior’s bureaus and offices and create a unified adaptation vision for the Interior to bring to coordination efforts with other federal agencies.

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United States
68° 41' 57.0012" N, 91° 34' 55.3116" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) developed and hosted a climate change risk assessment workshop in 2009 to build capacity for First Nation communities. The workshop was designed to provide an overview of climate change impacts and opportunities and to engage participants in discussing adaptation options for local and regional climate change issues. CIER plans to continue hosting these kinds of workshops in the future.

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United States
41° 46' 14.2644" N, 70° 15' 2.8548" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Cape Cod Commission has developed disaster preparedness materials to assist local officials and residents prepare for natural coastal hazard risks, including climate change. In addition, the Commission has incorporated climate change considerations into the siting and design of coastal infrastructure. The primary climate impacts that will affect Cape Cod’s coastlines include flooding, sea level rise, erosion, coastal storms, and changes in precipitation.

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United States
41° 28' 7.68" N, 72° 32' 24.5796" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is engaged in both mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the state’s natural resources to climate change. DEP has taken a lead role in the Adaptation Subcommittee of the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change, which is responsible for developing and presenting adaptation strategies to the State Legislature in late 2010. In addition, DEP provides education and outreach materials through a dedicated climate change website.

Location

United States
47° 22' 39.0792" N, 122° 42' 13.446" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Washington Department of Natural Resources is incorporating climate change adaptation strategies into its internal activities; one effort to achieve this was the creation of an adaptation strategy for the Department’s Aquatic Resources Program. This strategy recommended that DNR build its adaptive capacity and take near-and-long-term actions to incorporate climate change into its activities; in addition, DNR is cooperating with other state agencies in the formulation of a statewide adaptation plan.

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United States
40° 42' 50.2416" N, 126° 2' 6.5616" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is just beginning to look into the impacts of climate change on fisheries management through an ecosystem fishery management plan. Among other things, this plan will consider impacts of climate change on fisheries.

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United States
37° 48' 31.0572" N, 122° 23' 30.8616" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is responsible for the protection of and development in San Francisco Bay. Recently, BCDC has endeavored to update its long-term planning and guidance document to include the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise. Through this planning process, multiple supporting reports and partnerships have been developed that detail potential climate impacts and adaptation strategies available to the region. The BCDC website also has a fairly comprehensive virtual library of climate change planning resources for Bay area governments.

Location

United States
58° 18' 5.5872" N, 134° 25' 18.6384" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Tongass Futures Roundtable brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss economic, cultural, and ecological issues pertaining to the Tongass National Forest and Southeast Alaska. The Tongass National Forest is the world’s largest remaining intact temperate rainforest and houses multiple endangered and rare flora and fauna. The Roundtable has worked with the U.S. Forest Service to protect vast tracts of the Tongass National Forest and also works with partners on restoration projects throughout Southeast Alaska. As climate change becomes a more pressing issue in the region, the Tongass Futures Roundtable may provide an ideal forum in which to address impacts.

Location

United States
37° 49' 4.1232" N, 122° 19' 43.1184" W

Project Summary/Overview

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has developed mitigation and adaptation strategies to address the effects of climate change on water resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. These strategies include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, incorporating climate change into planning efforts, and creating a monitoring and response plan to inform planning for infrastructure and water quantity and quality in the face of climate change.

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