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Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Action

Created: 10/26/2011 - Updated: 8/16/2019


Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation is a collection of resources that provide a milestone based framework to assist local governments in the creation of adaptation plans to address the relevant climate change impacts associated with their communities. Although climate change adaptation is a complex process, this guide aims to provide a straightforward methodology to adaptation planning using a five-milestone approach. Each milestone represents a fundamental step in the adaptation planning process, starting with the initiation of adaptation efforts (by building an adaptation team and identifying local stakeholders) and culminating with a monitoring and review process that analyzes the successes and reviews the challenges of the adaptation plan and its implementation.

This guide is aimed at municipal staff interested in working on climate change adaptation strategies. Staff from across all municipal departments can be involved in the process outlined in this resource; as it encourages an integrated approach to planning that requires examination of the environmental, economic, social, and health implications of climate change.

Published On

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Community / Local
National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Develop / implement adaptation plans