The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework (2021)
The 2021 State Agency Climate Change Adaptation Framework (Framework) is intended to guide state leadership and staff as they make decisions about where to invest resources in response to climate change. Although the Framework is aimed at activities undertaken by state agencies, the authors recognize that many of these programs and projects will be implemented in collaboration with local government and community partners. The Framework was prepared by a work group (Workgroup) composed of staff representing 24 state agencies, coordinated by the Department of Land Conservation and Development. It is an update to the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework, published in 2010, which identified likely risks facing the state related to climate change, and recommended actions to prepare for those risks. Progress was made toward implementing many of the recommended actions, but the state knows more about the risks and opportunities created by climate change now than in 2010, and the pace of change is faster than was expected. The time is right to update the Framework and advance its implementation as an integrated program that harnesses the existing capacity of the executive branch to ensure that Oregon’s people, ecosystems, and economy thrive in the face of climate change.
The Framework focuses on six priority themes: Economy, Natural World, Built Environment and Infrastructure, Public Health, Cultural Heritage, and Social Relationships and Systems.