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Climate Ready Estuaries 2009 Progress Report

Created: 11/30/2009 - Updated: 3/14/2019

Abstract

Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Estuary Programs(NEPs) to build capacity among coastal managers to improve the resilience of coastal areas to the impacts of climate change. CRE provides tools and assistance to help NEPs and coastal communities in their efforts to:

  • Assess climate change vulnerabilities
  • Develop a better understanding of climate change at local and regional levels
  • Engage and educate stakeholders
  • Develop and implement adaptation strategies
  • Share lessons learned with other coastal managers

This document provides an overview of CRE’s accomplishments to date, including activities being managed by the NEP Partners, lessons learned in the adaptation planning process, challenges encountered, and next steps for the program.

Published On

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Keywords

Scale: 
National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Erosion
Landslides
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Aquatic
Estuarine

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