Planning For Adaptive Communities
Defining Local & Regional Impacts
Understanding Regional Characteristics
Identifying Adaptation Strategies
The California Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) is a set of four complementary documents designed to guide local jurisdictions in addressing the unavoidable consequences of climate change. Since first being published in 2012, there has been substantial development in the climate adaptation space, resulting in more conclusive science, innovative adaptation practices/projects, and progressive climate legislation. Cal OES is currently updating the APG to adequately reflect these changes to further assist jurisdictions in creating and incorporating climate strategies specific to their region.
The purpose of the update is to equip local jurisdictions with the tools needed to adopt a long-term adaptation approach by:● Providing local and regional governments with the latest adaptation resources and planning methodologies● Incorporate findings from the Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update, California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, and other State climate documents● Integrate with the Adaptation Clearinghouse through the development of a web-based tool● Integrate with planning processes (general plans, local hazard mitigation plans, local coastal plans, climate action plans, etc.)
Cal OES will engage stakeholders and end-users throughout the update process. We completed our first formal round of stakeholder feedback in December 2018. Thank you to all of those who provided input through our survey and the climate symposiums. We are currently reviewing survey responses, input provided at the climate symposiums, and compiling addition resources and research. We will post future outreach events on this page. Responses from our APG survey will be posted soon. Please contact Sarah Risher for more information or questions. We welcome new ideas, engagement collaboration, and feedback.
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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
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