Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts: A Bottom-Up Approach to Developing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

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44° 42' 18.3816" N, 89° 49' 27.1884" W
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The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) was created to support the efforts of multiple stakeholders charged with identifying vulnerabilities to climate change and developing adaptation strategies. WICCI released an impacts and adaptation strategies assessment in 2011 as a first step toward developing a statewide climate change adaptation strategy.

The City of Toronto’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy: From Development to Implementation

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

Analysing Vulnerability: A Multi-dimensional Approach from Colombia’s Upper Cauca River Basin

In Colombia, agriculture is an economic mainstay, creating direct employment for much of the country’s population. Agriculture’s dependence on predictable seasonal patterns leaves many communities vulnerable to climate change. Vulnerability assessments attempt to quantify the degree to which a system will need to adapt to climate change impacts – or whether it even has the capacity to do so. Such assessments have been criticised for their uncertainty and lack of applicability at the local or regional scale. However, a project in Colombia’s Upper Cauca River Basin has taken a new approach to vulnerability assessment, using a model based on four dimensions of vulnerability. This brief provides an overview of the project as well as key considerations for vulnerability analyses that are inclusive, integrated and sensitive to social and political complexities.

Key messages

  • Agriculture plays an important role in Colombia’s economy, contributing 10–14% to the overall GDP. But
 25 of the country’s most important crops may be threatened by climate change, potentially leading to significant economic losses.
  • In cooperation with agricultural stakeholders, Colombian researchers are developing a comprehensive model to analyse vulnerability. This complements previous international efforts 
and sets the stage for adapting agricultural systems to climate variability more efficiently.
  • The Agriculture, Vulnerability and Adaptation (AVA) Project applies
 a four-dimensional model for vulnerability analysis, which includes biophysical, political-institutional, economic-productive and socio- cultural factors. This kind of analysis is less sensitive to the uncertainties of one-dimensional models and more likely to be relevant, regardless of the accuracy of climate models.
  • Participatory interdisciplinary approaches, knowledge-sharing, and sustained commitment are fundamental to the success of such vulnerability assessment methods.
  • Future integrated vulnerability assessments could be scaled up national or international processes on adaptation planning.

Integrating Climate Change into Water Quality Monitoring on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota

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

Helping Michigan’s Farmers Understand and Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change

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43° 13' 58.5516" N, 84° 46' 13.8288" W
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Climate change impacts in the Midwest include warmer temperatures, more precipitation, and greater weather variability. These impacts are likely to affect Michigan’s field crops in both positive and negative ways, although understanding exactly how these changes will manifest remains uncertain. In late 2010, researchers at Michigan State University Extension and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station initiated a project to begin engaging agricultural producers, scientists, and decision makers in discussions about climate change and agriculture.

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Assistant Director for Prevention & Budgetary Coordination

Climate Change Adaptation Planning at the State Level in Minnesota

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United States
46° 42' 47.7072" N, 94° 31' 34.9212" W
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The Minnesota Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT) and the state Climate Change Adaptation Working Group (CCAWG) are complementary initiatives designed to address and develop responses to the effects of climate change. These groups and their members are developing and implementing strategies to advance climate change adaptation in the state in order to limit negative effects, take advantage of potential opportunities, and improve the resilience of natural and human systems in a changing climate.

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The North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) is part of a federal network of eight Climate Science Centers created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.