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.

Climate Adaptation in the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan

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United States
42° 16' 50.9736" N, 83° 44' 34.9368" W
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Climate impacts within the Great Lakes region include warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased frequency and intensity of storms, which are likely to affect human and natural systems in significant ways. The City of Ann Arbor, located in southeast Michigan, has been and continues to be a climate leader within the region, and is currently implementing myriad strategies to incorporate climate into planning efforts.

Building Capacity for Climate-Resilient Communities and Water Conservation in the Huron River Watershed

Location

United States
42° 16' 49.7136" N, 83° 41' 52.6848" W
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The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is a nonprofit based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that works to protect and sustain the natural resources and human communities in the Huron River watershed. The HRWC engages in a number of activities in watershed science, management, education, and stewardship, and has recently incorporated climate change as an important stressor on its planning and activities.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Planning in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Coastal Communities

Location

United States
45° 1' 6.2724" N, 87° 29' 42.4212" W
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As part of its mission, the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (Bay-Lake RPC) provides hazard mitigation planning support to the coastal communities along Lake Michigan and Green Bay in Wisconsin. The region’s shorelines are shaped by natural, dynamic processes including erosion and accretion; climate change is projected to increase erosion as lake levels and ice cover decrease and wind and wave action increase. Damage to the natural environments and built infrastructure along the shoreline will likely increase as a result.

Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning

Cities around the world are increasingly aware of the need to prepare for greater variability in temperature, precipitation and natural disasters expected to take place as a result of global climate change. In recent years, numerous reports and manuals have been written and networks formed to offer guidance and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. However, since systematic studies have not been conducted, the information and methods being disseminated often are based on the efforts of a limited number of cities and wisdom drawn from experience in other domains. To gain insight into the status of adaptation planning globally, approaches cities around the world are taking, and challenges they are encountering, a survey was sent to communities that are members of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.

The Urban Climate Adaptation Planning report examines a multitude of approaches to adaptation planning in numerous different cities and urban settings. Along with tests of climate risk and vulnerabilities and explaining modern challenges to adaptation planning, the authors include comprehensive charts and graphs to properly display an informational and interesting report.

Local Government Planning Responses to the Physical Impacts of Climate Change in New South Wales, Australia

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United States
33° 53' 6.036" S, 148° 17' 20.6304" E
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Effective policy responses of governments to the impacts of unavoidable climate change require effective adaptation plans. This project focuses on the planning response of local governments in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, for adapting to the physical impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased storm events, increased flooding, increased drought, among others.

Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: The Caribbean

Growing understanding of the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change has led to a significant rise in ongoing and planned adaptation action in the developing regions of the world, including the Caribbean. This upsurge in climate change adaptation action is a welcome occurrence, but enhanced coordination among expanding networks of adaptation actors is needed to ensure resources are deployed quickly and effectively. Responding to this concern, a review of current and planned adaptation action in the Caribbean was undertaken by the Adaptation Partnership between October 2010 and April 2011. Covering the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, the rapid review examined: priority adaptation needs; efforts by governments to support adaptation though policy and planning; the scope of international support for adaptation efforts in different countries and sectors; and potential gaps in adaptation efforts at the country and regional level. This review of adaptation action in the Caribbean is one of 12 profiles covering regions in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean completed by the Adaptation Partnership.

Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: South Asia

Growing understanding of the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change has led to a significant increase in ongoing and planned adaptation action in the developing regions of the world, including South Asia. This upsurge in climate change adaptation action is a welcome occurrence, but enhanced coordination among expanding networks of adaptation actors is needed to ensure resources are deployed quickly and effectively. Responding to this concern, a review of current and planned adaptation action in Central Asia was undertaken by the Adaptation Partnership1 between October 2010 and April 2011. Covering the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the rapid review examined: priority adaptation needs; efforts by governments to support adaptation though policy and planning; the scope of international support for adaptation efforts in different countries and sectors; and potential gaps in adaptation efforts at the country and regional levels. This review of adaptation action in South Asia is one of 12 profiles covering regions in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean completed by the Adaptation Partnership.

Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: The Pacific

Growing understanding of the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change has led to a significant rise in ongoing and planned adaptation action in the developing regions of the world, including the Pacific. This upsurge in climate change adaptation action is a welcome occurrence, but enhanced coordination among expanding networks of adaptation actors is needed to ensure resources are deployed quickly and effectively. Responding to this concern, a review of current and planned adaptation action in the Pacific was undertaken by the Adaptation Partnership1 between October 2010 and April 2011. This review covered the countries of the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The review identified: priority adaptation needs; efforts by governments to support adaptation though policy and planning; the scope of international support for adaptation efforts in different countries and sectors; and potential gaps in adaptation efforts at the country and regional level. This review of adaptation action in the Pacific is one of 12 profiles covering regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean completed by the Adaptation Partnership.