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California Takes Action on Climate Resiliency

August 14, 2014 Alex Leumer, The Nature Conservancy, Policy Associate, California Climate Change Program

California is taking action on climate resiliency and nature is playing a key role.  The California Natural Resources Agency recently released the 2014 Safeguarding California Plan (SCP). This plan provides policy guidance for state decision makers, to reduce impacts and prepare for climate risks. The SCP, which updates the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy, highlights climate risks in nine sectors in California, discusses progress to date, and makes sector-specific recommendations. The Nature Conservancy along with nineteen other environmental and public health organizations submitted comments to the Resources Agency and are pleased to see that many of our recommendations have been incorporated in the final plan. Overall, the Plan acknowledges the important role nature plays in reducing climate risks and enhancing resilience. Highlights from the Plan that reflect our comments include:

This is an important step to making California more resilient to climate change. However, currently there is no law mandating implementation of any of the recommendations.  We look forward to working with the state and the legislature to implement the strategies laid out in the SCP.

 

CA ADAPTATION CONFERENCE:

 

California Adaptation Forum 
August 19-20, 2014
. SACRAMENTO, CA   On-site registration available

The Local Government Commission and the State of California are organizing the first California Adaptation Forum in the state capital, to be held August 19 – 20, 2014. This two-day forum will build off last year’s successful National Adaptation Forum  in Colorado. The attendance of many California leaders there underscored the need for a California-focused event, which will be held every other year to complement the biennial national forum. To register go to:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/886364449

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