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Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force

Location

United States
25° 46' 27.3576" N, 80° 11' 37.1724" W
US
Summary: 

The Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF) was created in 2006 to review climate change impacts and advise the Board of County Commissioners on priority mitigation and adaptation actions to respond to these impacts. The CCATF is made up of 25 members and seven committees representing different sectors, which are appointed by the Mayor, Commissioners, and County Manager. The seven committees include over 150 members that review specific climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities that address the built environment, economy, and natural systems.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge/Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula Climate Adaptation Project

Location

United States
35° 48' 52.0992" N, 75° 49' 4.8864" W
US
Summary: 

The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Dare and Hyde Counties, North Carolina, in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary. This pilot project is the result of a partnership between the North Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to evaluate the effects of different adaptation strategies on areas impacted (or likely to be impacted) by sea level rise. This is an adaptive management study to determine how to make the shoreline more resilient to rising sea levels.

Incorporating Climate Change Impacts into Activities in Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Location

United States
26° 53' 7.188" N, 82° 6' 42.5376" W
US
Summary: 

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) conducted a regionwide vulnerability assessment and developed an adaptation plan for the City of Punta Gorda, Florida over a two year period, and is now working to develop a set of climate change indicators and a monitoring plan.

Gulf of California Mangrove Ecosystem Services

Location

United States
27° 43' 20.7696" N, 111° 43' 51.4452" W
US
Summary: 

The coasts of Mexico are experiencing rapid coastal development and population growth. Development in coastal areas has contributed to the destruction of mangrove forests and coastal wetlands. This project analyzed the value of mangroves to the Gulf of California economy by determining the ecosystem services that mangroves provide to the region’s fisheries. The expected outcome is to use this information to drive climate adaptation in the region by restoring and protecting coastal mangrove areas and pushing for changes in coastal planning and development.

California's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Location

United States
37° 2' 36.5532" N, 119° 10' 46.8768" W
US
Summary: 

Sea level rise, erosion, increased temperatures, and changes in precipitation are among the many climate change impacts expected to affect California’s natural and built environment. In 2009, the California Climate Adaptation Strategy was released.

Increasing Awareness and Resilience of Coastal Wetlands and Reefs in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Location

ROO
Mexico
19° 16' 33.1968" N, 88° 28' 52.104" W
Quintana Roo MX
Summary: 

The Centro Ecológico Akumal (Ecology Center in Akumal or CEA) is working on three main objectives in their conservation program for the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo: marine and coastal protection, sea turtle protection, and water quality. The main goal for 2010 is a "clean water” program to increase resilience of the coastal areas and nearshore reefs. Climate change is still not a priority for the local government and has not been a priority for the area, even though state climate action plans are now mandated by the Mexican government.

Florida Energy and Climate Commission

Location

600 South Calhoun Street, Suite 251
32399-1300 Tallahassee , FL
United States
30° 26' 15.72" N, 84° 16' 46.542" W
Florida US
Summary: 

Florida’s Energy and Climate Commission is composed of nine commissioners. Florida’s Governor appoints seven members and the remaining two are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture Service and the Chief Financial Officer. The Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Florida’s Energy and Climate Action Plan, which was submitted to Florida Governor Charlie Crist on October 15, 2008.

Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change: Developing an Energy and Climate Action Plan

Location

2407 STHY 17
33827 Babson Park , FL
United States
27° 49' 55.0956" N, 81° 31' 20.2692" W
Florida US
Summary: 

During a climate change summit in July 2007, Governor Crist signed Executive Order 07-128, establishing the Action Team on Energy and Climate Change (Action Team). The Action Team was tasked to develop a comprehensive state energy and climate change action plan to reduce Florida’s greenhouse gas emissions, develop energy policies, and create mitigation and adaptation strategies. The Phase 1 report, completed in November 2007, provided recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Florida.

Florida Reef Resilience Program

Location

33042 Summerland Key , FL
United States
24° 39' 40.8096" N, 81° 26' 41.46" W
Florida US
Summary: 

The Nature Conservancy, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, initiated the Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) in 2004 to study the health of the Florida Reef tract from the Dry Tortugas to Port St. Lucie. The FRRP seeks to determine what makes some corals more resistant than others to climate change impacts, what factors contribute to areas of high or low resistance, and why certain areas are more resilient than others.