Programmatic Framework for Considering Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Habitat Restoration, Land Acquisition, and Facility Development Investments
This Framework is the first step in a multi-phased project to develop internal guidance for NOAA programs to consider climate change impacts in making coastal investment decisions. It describes how NOAA's offices will inocorporate climate change considerations in program planning and implemntation processes to safeguard a subset of coastal investments, and where feasible, use these investments to enhance ecosystem resilience or mitigate climate change impacts. The Framework also identifies informational and programmatic needs to effectively consider climate chagne impacts, and advocates for new stronger agency capabilities to address those needs.
This Framework is the first of its kind for NOAA and provides the basis for a concrete vehicle to address cliamte change in an integrated way across the agency. As Phase 1 of NOAA's Climate Investment Guidance Project and Imprementation Plan, this Framework focuses on coastal habitat restoration, coastal land acquisition, and coastl facilities development pursuant to CZMA and OHC restoration programs and evaluates what program processes and guidelines need to be revised to consider climate change.