Climate Adaptation Approaches: Lessons Learned and How to Move Forward

Wed, March 11, 2020, 10:00 am - Wed, March 11, 2020, 12:00 pm

Co-chairs

Cynthia West, Director, Office of Sustainability & Climate, U. S. Forest Service
Jonathan Mawdsley, Senior Science Advisor, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Marvin Brown, Forest Resource Management Committee, National Association of State Foresters

Climate change vulnerability assessments indicate an urgent need to provide adaptation strategies and tactics to adapt to a changing climate. Over the past few years, federal and state agencies have identified a variety of climate adaptation approaches using different tactics and scales. However, many practitioners have struggled with how to best incorporate climate change projections and what actions to undertake given limited budget and personnel resources and competing priorities.

This session will offer an organizational systems approach to climate adaptation and will highlight several case studies by leading practitioners. Each case study will discuss innovative approaches, share lessons learned, and identify parameters for success in climate adaptation efforts. Session participants will be encouraged to engage with practitioners and one another on challenges across technical disciplines, agency jurisdictions, and land ownership, and participants will increase their knowledge of strategies to implement climate change adaptation tactics in the right place, at the right time, and at the right scale.