California is leading the way on greenhouse gas emissions reductions to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, but no matter how quickly we reduce our polluting emissions, climate impacts will still occur. Many impacts – increased fires, floods, severe storms and heat waves – are occurring already and will only become more frequent and more dangerous. However, there are many things we can do to protect against climate impacts. Taking steps now to adapt to climate change will protect public health and safety, our economy and our future.
The Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update – California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy is the State’s roadmap for everything state agencies are doing and will do to protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment from climate change impacts. This holistic strategy primarily covers state agencies’ programmatic and policy responses across different policy areas, but it also discusses the ongoing related work to with coordinated local and regional adaptation action and developments in climate impact science.
For more information, visit the Safeguarding California and Climate Change Adaptation Policy website.
2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy
2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk
Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plan
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.
Planning For Adaptive Communities
Defining Local & Regional Impacts
Understanding Regional Characteristics
Identifying Adaptation Strategies