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The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary: Planning for Climate Change

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), located off the southern coast of California, consists of approximately 1,110 square nautical miles of ocean and coastal waters. The primary objective of the CINMS is to conserve, protect, and enhance the biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy of marine resources surrounding the Channel Islands for current and future generations. In 2009, a final management plan for the sanctuary was released that sets out priority management issues and actions for the next five to ten years.

Malibu Land Use and Local Implementation Plans: Setbacks and Sea Level Rise

Malibu’s 21 miles of coastline include some of the world’s most famous beaches and highly valued coastal property. Sea level rise poses an enormous threat to the sandy beaches of Malibu as well as to the multi-million dollar homes lining the coast. The Malibu Local Coastal Program’s Land Use and Local Implementation Plans aim to ensure the Coastal Act is upheld and the city’s General Plan and other development and planning ordinances comply with the California Coastal Act.

Aramburu Island Ecological Enhancement Project

Aramburu Island is a 17-acre wildlife preserve in Richardson Bay. Like many other areas in the San Francisco Bay region, the island’s habitat has been altered by non-native and invasive plants and a slowly eroding shoreline. The Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary and Marin County are partnering on a shoreline protection and habitat enhancement project in part to make the island more resilient to the impacts of climate change, especially sea level rise and increased coastal storm surges and erosion.

Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the City of Chula Vista, California

Chula Vista is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area of southern California. Since the early 1990s, Chula Vista has been working to address climate change and in early 2009, the city tasked the Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) with developing strategies to help plan for and adapt to the potential impacts of climate-related changes. In October 2010, the CCWG released a final list of recommendations on climate adaptation strategies to reduce the city’s future risk from climate change-related impacts.

California Department of Water Resources Adaptation Strategy

Due to growing recognition that climate change is having and will continue to have a substantial, measureable effect on California’s water resources, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) created climate change adaptation strategies for the state's water supply. These strategies provide a new approach to managing California’s water supply and other natural resources in a way that is more resilient and robust to the effects of climate change.

Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Planning in San Luis Obispo County

Climate change is a global phenomenon that has the potential for severe local impacts to agriculture, human health, natural resources, infrastructure, emergency response needs, tourism, and many other facets of society. Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate the vulnerability of certain populations and sectors of society. By identifying and addressing underlying vulnerabilities early, decision makers in San Luis Obispo can increase the resilience of both the community and the resources it depends on to climate change.

Framework for Cooperative Conservation and Climate Adaptation for the Southern Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountains Volume II: Appendix

This is the Appendix for the Framework for Cooperative Conservation and Climate-Adaptation. The original report provides a regional context for federal, state and local agencies, districts, and organizations focused on individual parks, preserves, watersheds, and project initiatives in the southern Sierra. With climate change, land managers responsible for individual parks or preserves will face challenges of scale, as suitable conditions for some species of concern may fall outside of the parks.

Framework for Cooperative Conservation and Climate Adaptation for the Southern Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountains Volume I

This Framework for Cooperative Conservation and Climate-Adaptation provides a regional context for federal, state and local agencies, districts, and organizations focused on individual parks, preserves, watersheds, and project initiatives in the southern Sierra.

The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan: A Landscape-scale Conservation Initiative in Pima County, Arizona

The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (SDCP) addresses long-term conservation needs of a full range of Pima County's natural and cultural resources. Many SDCP initiatives have been implemented, including a major update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, land protection priorities, purchase and lease of open space, and ranch and cultural conservation.