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Getting to Resilience: A Community Planning Evaluation Tool

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NJ
United States
40° 3' 29.9664" N, 74° 24' 20.3796" W

Through this interactive process, communities will learn how their preparedness can yield valuable points through voluntary programs like FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) and Sustainable Jersey. The assessment process will also increase the community’s understanding of where future vulnerabilities should be addressed through hazard mitigation planning.

There are five primary steps:

Location

United States
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W

Project Summary/Overview

Like many cities in the Great Lakes region, Toronto is already experiencing the impacts and consequences of climate change. To better prepare for the future, the City of Toronto created a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy in 2008. The development and implementation process of the adaptation strategy is well cataloged in subsequent reports and other documents. As of 2011, the City of Toronto has actively implemented 76 programs or projects designed to help Toronto adapt to climate change.

Location

United States
45° 58' 44.9436" N, 85° 57' 25.3116" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Climate-Smart Restoration Partnership (CSRP), created by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), is focused on providing technical assistance for climate-smart coastal restoration projects in the Great Lakes region. NWF, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and EcoAdapt, has developed technical guidance and provided training to support the planning and implementation of regional restoration projects that incorporate climate change information.

Abstract

Since 2007, the Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service have taken steps to establish strategic directions for addressing climate change adaptation.

Abstract

Across the American West, water managers and communities are hungry for solutions and perhaps more for inspiration. As the climate warms and weather extremes become undeniable, having a secure supply of clean and abundant water — for our communities, our economy, our environment and our farms — is becoming a huge challenge. This report spotlights successful, sustainable and economically sensible steps ten communities are taking to make sure they will have water in the decades to come.

Location

United States
14° 46' 29.5788" S, 70° 55' 39.8424" W
Author Name(s): 
Diana Sietz, Sabino Edgar Mamani Choque, Matthias K.B. Lüdeke

Project Summary/Overview

Smallholder livelihoods in the Peruvian Altiplano (central Andes) are frequently threatened by weather extremes, including droughts, frosts and heavy rainfall. A project was undertaken to investigate characteristics of smallholder households that explain the link between climate vulnerability and food security. This study revealed distinct groups of smallholders with regard to their ability to meet food requirements. Taking up the basic concept of pattern analysis, vulnerability was assessed based on similarities at the household level.

Location

United States
51° 11' 31.9092" N, 73° 7' 30" W

Project Summary/Overview

Quebec has been engaged in developing measures to address climate change since the 1990s. These activities include creating climate-specific institutions, action plans, and, most recently, a formal provincial adaptation strategy.

Abstract

Indigenous knowledge plays an important role in the way communities interact with their climate in many countries, particularly in Bolivia. It contributes to weather forecasting at the community level, and to the preservation of vital ecosystem functions that help to buffer communities against climate change impacts. However, the increasing incidence of extreme weather events and disasters is taking a toll.

Location

United States
40° 51' 17.3412" N, 77° 41' 43.1268" W

Project Summary/Overview

Pennsylvania has taken a number of steps to address the effects of climate change on the state’s natural and built environments. In addition to the creation of an advisory committee to guide climate change action, Pennsylvania has conducted a statewide impacts assessment and completed a climate action plan. These activities have formed the basis for adaptation strategies to be developed and implemented to varying degrees of success thus far.

Location

United States
46° 43' 18.3828" N, 92° 27' 40.2588" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is taking both mitigation and adaptation measures to prepare for climate change. In addition to reducing emissions and improving energy efficiency on the reservation, the tribe is also incorporating climate change into its water resources monitoring program.

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