Climate and Health Action Guide

Created: 10/30/2020 - Updated: 10/30/2020

Overview

This action guide is designed to help you promote human health and climate benefits of urban forests in your community while minimizing risks from climate change, such as sea level rise and more frequent and extreme weather events. It outlines a process for you to create an urban forestry project to optimize for climate and health outcomes. The guide will help you reduce climate risks and proactively respond to changing conditions while also providing important benefits to the health and well-being of your community.

Description

The process is based on the five-step Adaptation Workbook, developed by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). The Adaptation Workbook provides a structured, yet flexible approach for integrating climate change into urban forestry projects, and this guide takes you one step further by integrating human health. You can use the complete Adaptation Workbook to take a deeper dive into creating a complete climate change adaptation plan.

Audience

Urban foresters, landscape architects, public health professionals, adaptation planners

Leslie Brandt
Organization
American Forests

Organization(s)

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has been designed as a collaborative effort among the Forest Service, universities, and forest industry to provide information on managing forests for climate change adaptation, enhanced carbon sequestration, and sustainable production of bioenergy and materials.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is a Federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the purpose of the Forest Service—"to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."

Keywords

Scale of Project
Other
Sector Addressed
Biodiversity
Climate Justice
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Forestry
Landscape Architecture
Public Health
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Biodiversity
Public health risks
Range shifts
Type of Tool
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Adaptation Planning Frameworks / Toolkits
Habitat/Biome Type
Forest
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate-smart guidelines into restoration
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Create/enhance resources and tools
Taxonomic Focus
Plants
Climate Type
Temperate
Subtropical
Tool Cost
Free

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