The California Adaptation Planning Guide, or APG, is designed to support local government, regional organizations, and climate collaborative groups to integrate best practices and current science into their adaptation planning efforts.
Individual communities may choose to follow this framework, or they may organize their adaptation efforts differently. All topics may not be relevant to all communities. Regardless of the preferred organizing structure, this APG recommends an approach that integrates climate adaptation and resilience across sectors.
The APG provides helpful resources to local governments as they comply with state requirements for local adaptation planning, and provides recommendations and advice on community-level climate change adaptation planning.
Integration with the Adaptation ClearinghouseThe APG will not be merely a plan or document, but will truly become an online toolkit. The State of California has an Adaptation Clearinghouse, which is our state's centralized collection of adaptation and resilience resources. By the end of the calendar year, the APG will have its own section on the Clearinghouse, merging live and updated links to resources, case studies, and best practices. Resources already on the Clearinghouse will be tagged to reference the specific APG phase they fit into where applicable, thus integrating the APG's methodology and framework for adaptation planning process across the Clearinghouse.
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.
The Adaptation Clearinghouse is California’s centralized collection of adaptation and resilience resources intended to guide decision-makers at the state, regional, and local levels.
California’s Climate Change Assessments provide extensive information about climate impacts and vulnerabilities based on the latest climate change research.
A roadmap of the ongoing actions and next steps currently being taken by California’s state government on climate resilience and adaptation.
Planning For Adaptive Communities
Defining Local & Regional Impacts
Understanding Regional Characteristics
Identifying Adaptation Strategies
2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy
2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk
Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plan
ARCCA/LGC Partner Webinar: Wednesday, December 4th
Replay (cc): https://youtu.be/_kVDUIjORck
American Planning Association, California Chapter Partner Webinar: Tuesday, December 10th
Replay (cc): https://youtu.be/WZMVdtMfhE8
Greenlining Institute Partner Webinar: Wednesday, December 11th
Replay (cc): https://youtu.be/_lUfs3eWRes
APG Update Listening Session 3 (webinar): July 16, 2019Making Climate Adaptation Planning a Local ProcessLink 1: Closed Caption Link2: W/ Audio Description
APG Update Listening Session 2 (webinar): July 15, 2019Embedding Equity in Climate AdaptationLink 1: Closed Caption Link 2: W/ Audio Description
APG Update Listening Session 1 (webinar): July 11, 2019Communication, Collaboration, and Coalition Building for Climate AdaptationLink 1: Closed Caption Link 2: W/ Audio Description
San Diego Climate Symposium: March 26, 2019
Sacramento Valley Climate Symposium: February 6, 2019North Coast Climate Science Symposium: December 13 and Friday, December 14, 2018Central Coast Climate Symposium: December 10, 2018Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, Technical Advisory Council Meeting December 7, 2018BayCAN-Cal OES Adaptation Planning Guide Webinar December 6, 2018San Joaquin Valley Climate Symposium: December 4, 2018Sierra Nevada Climate Symposium: December 3, 2018Los Angeles Region Climate Symposium: November 2, 2018Inland Desert Region Climate Symposium: October 12, 2018Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, Technical Advisory Council Meeting October 12, 2018