California Climate Adaptation Strategy - 2010 Progress ReportBy:
The 2009 Adaptation Strategy organized state agencies into seven resource-based sector working groups. Each working group identified preliminary adaptation strategies that could be implemented in the short term (by December 2010) and the longer term. This report focuses on the progress made through October 2010 by the following seven sector working groups:
- Public Health
- Biodiversity and Habitat
- Oceans and Coastal Resources
- Water Management
- Transportation and Energy Infrastructure
Additionally, the California Natural Resources Agency coordinated the state adaptation strategy development and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of a number of cross-sector recommendations. Progress updates for these activities are provided as well, including: the development and roll-out of the Cal-Adapt website to support local government adaptation efforts; amending California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines for development in areas sensitive to the effects of climate change.; and participating in an assessment of sea-level rise risks to California, Oregon and Washington for years 2030, 2050, and 2100.
Climate change presents a serious threat to many of the resources upon which Californians rely. For example, a recent estimate from a study commissioned by Next 10 found that a total of $2.5 trillion of California real estate assets is at risk from extreme weather events, sea level rise and wildfires. Continuing to address this growing challenge, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order in November 2008 directing the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to develop a climate adaptation strategy for California. During the ensuing year, CNRA coordinated with ten different state agencies, scientists, a consulting team, and public stakeholders to develop the first statewide, multi-sector adaptation strategy in the country. On December 2, 2009, CNRA released the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy (Adaptation Strategy or CAS), available at http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/adaptation/. The following document describes the progress California has made during 2010 to complete the tasks outlined in the Adaptation Strategy.
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California Natural Resources Agency. (2010). California Climate Adaptation Strategy - 2010 Progress Report. Retrieved from CAKE: http://www.cakex.org/virtual-library/california-climate-adaptation-strategy-2010-progress-report