California Climate Adaptation

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​"It's time for courage, it's time for creativity and it's time for boldness to tackle climate change" - Governor Brown, September 2011

The California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) provides guidance to support regional and local communities in proactively addressing the unavoidable consequences of climate change. The APG implements the 2010 State Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan and was developed cooperatively by the California Natural Resources Agency and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, with support from California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo, and with funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Energy Commission.

The APG was developed under the guidance of an interagency steering committee and a technical advisory panel, and underwent an extensive review process following its release to the public as part of a conference held in April 2012 by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Confronting Climate Change: A Focus on Local Government Impacts, Actions and Resources. The APG provides a step-by-step process for local and regional climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development and can help integrate climate adaptation actions within Local Hazard Mitigation Plans and state-mandated Regional Sustainable Growth Plans, General Plan Safety Elements, Climate Action Plans, Local Coastal Plans, and other planning efforts. Usage of the APG is meant to allow for flexibility in the commitment of time, money, and effort to suit the needs of the community. 


​Safeguarding California

California and the world’s climate are changing, posing an escalated threat to health, well-being, nature, and property. Extreme weather, rising sea levels, shifting snowpack, and other climate-related impacts will touch every part of people’s lives in the next century. Planning key actions now will help us lessen impacts and cope with changes. Many aspects of the environment face historic displacement. In government at every level, we must work together to safeguard our state. And ultimately, each and every one of us needs to take steps to reduce our own impacts and increase our resilience in the future.

The Safeguarding California Plan provides policy guidance for state decision makers, and is part of continuing efforts to reduce impacts and prepare for climate risks. This plan, which updates the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy, highlights climate risks in nine sectors in California, discusses progress to date, and makes realistic sector-specific recommendations. (Safeguarding California, 2014)

The Plan also gives guidance to our decision makers, presents the most current climate science data, and provides strategies to help safeguard California against the impacts of climate change. The Implementation Action Plans, released in 2016, support the Plan by outlining how state government is acting to convert the recommendations from the Plan into action. Cal-Adapt is a tool that further supports the Plan by providing a web-based climate adaptation planning resource that allows the user to identify potential climate change risks in specific geographic areas throughout the state.



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