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EcoAdapt's 2013 Annual Report is ready for your viewing pleasure
Our holiday gift to you is our 2013 Annual Report, a description of EcoAdapt's projects and accomplishments from January to December 2013. Visit our Annual Reports page in the Library! 
EcoAdapt helping update community comprehensive plans
EcoAdapt has been helping the city where it is headquartered get climate savvy at the Bainbridge Island comprehensive plan update visioning workshops. Two EcoAdapt-facilitated workshops drew more than 100 participants to discuss what is most important to them about their community, how change many... [show full news item]
EcoAdapt has been helping the city where it is headquartered get climate savvy at the Bainbridge Island comprehensive plan update visioning workshops. Two EcoAdapt-facilitated workshops drew more than 100 participants to discuss what is most important to them about their community, how change many affect these important features, and what could be done through the comprehensive plan to achieve a more favorable outcome. Get the scope from the local media at:

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2015 ASAP Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change
Don't miss the opportunity to submit your application for the 2014 American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change.  Applications are due December 12, 2014.    The purpose of the ASAP Prize is to improve professional practice in... [show full news item]
Applications are due December 12, 2014. 
 
The purpose of the ASAP Prize is to improve professional practice in adapting to climate change by highlighting the practices of U.S. communities and organizations that have reduced losses and vulnerability of natural/human systems to climate change. The winner(s) will be recognized at the National Adaptation Forum. 
 
Submit an application to recognize those that you think have done great work...including yourself. 

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2nd National Adaptation Forum Call for Proposals now closed.
May 12-14, 2015
Thank you to the hundreds of adaptation partners who submitted proposals for the National Adaptation Forum. Thanks to you, we now have a great cross section of proposals for Symposium, Training Sessions, Working... [show full news item]
Thank you to the hundreds of adaptation partners who submitted proposals for the National Adaptation Forum. Thanks to you, we now have a great cross section of proposals for Symposium, Training Sessions, Working Groups, Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations and a Tools Cafe'. We know the program will be amazing! 
 
Early Bird Registration is now open! Enjoy discounted rates through February 28, 2015. To book your room at the Forum, click here.

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Want to get more Climate Savvy?
Learn the tricks of the trade for 50% off. Get your own copy of Climate Savvy from Island Press on sale until the end of September.
Website to help fund climate adaptation projects in the Coral Triangle launched
June 9, 2014
 In celebration of the Coral Triangle today and for years to come, EcoAdapt and WWF present the Coral Triangle Climate Adaptation Marketplace.
 
The Coral Triangle Climate Adaptation Marketplace is an online portal that aims to connect funding sources and climate adaptation projects in the Coral Triangle region.
 
“By linking projects to funds and funds to projects, the Marketplace contributes to the region by streamlining vital and often lacking information needed to develop climate change adaptation projects and create positive regional outcomes,” said Dr. Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt Chief Scientist and Executive Director.
 
The Coral Triangle Adaptation Marketplace provides an exchange between funders and project developers, serving as a matchmaking tool to aid in accessing adaptation funding for the region. Projects in all six Coral Triangle countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste, including Fiji, are eligible to join the Marketplace.
 
Climate change is already affecting the vulnerable resources of the Coral Triangle region. Predicted increases of severe storms, rising seas, ocean acidification, and increased sea temperatures are threatening coastal communities and their food security, impacting the income and livelihood of over 120 million people in the region. Under the current trajectory, the ability of the Coral Triangle’s coastal environments to provide food for the local people is projected to decline 80% by 2100. 
 
Priority adaptation projects have been identified in all of the Coral Triangle countries, however investors are facing challenges in allocating funds due to the lack of information and understanding of regional, national, and local adaptation priorities. At the same time, project developers are facing obstacles in accessing and understanding the requirements for unlocking funds to support climate adaptation projects to protect regional resources and communities. To address these challenges, WWF and EcoAdapt developed the Coral Triangle Climate Adaptation Marketplace.
 
“This innovative tool that brings together project developers with funders will help bring about more climate adaptation initiatives in the Coral Triangle and help strengthen the resilience of the millions of people in the region against the effects of climate change,” said Jackie Thomas, WWF Coral Triangle Programme Leader.
 
To learn more and explore the Coral Triangle Climate Adaptation Marketplace go to:
http://adaptationmarketplace.org/coral-triangle


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Climate Savvy E-books on sale!
Ever wanted to own your own copy of Climate Savvy but didn't want to have to carry the book around or drop the cash. Well here is your solution to both! Until June 15th ebook copies of Climate Savvy are only $7.99! Click through to get the savings at... [show full news item]
Ever wanted to own your own copy of Climate Savvy but didn't want to have to carry the book around or drop the cash. Well here is your solution to both! Until June 15th ebook copies of Climate Savvy are only $7.99! Click through to get the savings at checkout.
 

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Earth Day Lecture and Award Ceremony
April 22, 2014
Lara is the recipient of the Unity College 2014 Women’s Environmental Award. She is honored that they think what EcoAdapt is up to is important, and she’s excited to get to talk to the college about the work of adaptation and the opportunities for informed action that surround us all.
Dr. Hansen on Montana Public Radio for a St. Patrick's Day interview!
Lara talked to Montana Public Radio for St. Patrick's Day about climate change and the need to starting doing things differently today to get better outcomes in the future. If you have ten minutes,... [show full news item]
Lara talked to Montana Public Radio for St. Patrick's Day about climate change and the need to starting doing things differently today to get better outcomes in the future. If you have ten minutes, give it a listen: http://mtpr.net/post/land- managers-gather-talk-about- adapting-climate-change.

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2nd National Adaptation Forum Update
May 12-14, 2015
We are pleased to announce the venue for the 2nd National Adaptation Forum (May 12-14, 2015) will be the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO. The historic and beautifully restored former Union Train Station will provide us with ample space to accommodate our growing... [show full news item]
We are pleased to announce the venue for the 2nd National Adaptation Forum (May 12-14, 2015) will be the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO. The historic and beautifully restored former Union Train Station will provide us with ample space to accommodate our growing community of adaptation partners for Symposia, Trainings, Working Groups, Exhibits, a Poster Session and Reception. It is centrally located with easy access to public transportation (MetroLink) to and from the airport. We are also pleased to share the new National Adaptation Forum website will up and running the first week of April. Stay tuned, we will provide you with updates as they develop.    

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Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies Reports for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada Released!
EcoAdapt is pleased to announce the release of the reports from the Climate Adaptation Project for the Sierra Nevada. Final reports and products include A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, which describes the vulnerability assessment methods used and... [show full news item]
EcoAdapt is pleased to announce the release of the reports from the Climate Adaptation Project for the Sierra Nevada. Final reports and products include A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, which describes the vulnerability assessment methods used and summarizes the findings for twenty-three ecosystems and species of the region, and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, which details adaptation strategies and actions for a smaller subset of focal resources. Two additional vulnerability assessment products, vulnerability briefings and vulnerability technical syntheses, have also been released. Vulnerability briefings highlight key vulnerabilities for a given resource while vulnerability syntheses provide a more comprehensive understanding of the process and findings. 
 
Be sure to check out our article on the California Climate Commons as well! 

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2nd National Adaptation Forum 2015
May 12-14, 2015
Join us for the 2nd National Adaptation Forum, May 12-14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum welcomed more than 500 attendees, representing 44 states, all levels of government, non-government organizations, community groups, academia, and... [show full news item]
Join us for the 2nd National Adaptation Forum, May 12-14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum welcomed more than 500 attendees, representing 44 states, all levels of government, non-government organizations, community groups, academia, and private industry. Participants experienced professional development, and information sharing through an innovative and comprehensive program featuring plenary sessions, symposia, working groups, training sessions, exhibit booths, poster session, and networking events. Learn more about the opportunities to participate in the 2nd National Adaptation Forum by reviewing the prospectus today. We look forward to seeing you in 2015.  


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Watch Dr. Hansen as she breaks down climate change and talks a bit about why she started EcoAdapt!
EcoAdapt Seeks Input on Water Resources and Climate Adaptation in the Southeast U.S.
EcoAdapt is undertaking a survey on how individuals and organizations are incorporating climate change into their work on water resources in the Southeast United States. Many strategies exist to support climate-informed watershed and water resources management; some examples include increasing water... [show full news item]
EcoAdapt is undertaking a survey on how individuals and organizations are incorporating climate change into their work on water resources in the Southeast United States. Many strategies exist to support climate-informed watershed and water resources management; some examples include increasing water supplies, improving flood protection, utilizing green infrastructure, and increasing water use efficiency. If you have activities underway or can provide references, please consider filling out a short project summary form. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel M. Gregg at Rachel@EcoAdapt.org. This project is part of EcoAdapt’s State of Adaptation Program.

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Fall Newsletter dropped in!
Give it a look! Climb on up the Adaptation Ladder of Engagement, celebrate an anniversary of a good book, take a survey, take a walk in the woods and sit back and watch a webinar. You're also invited to send EcoAdapt a treat!
Final Report of the North Pacific LCC Data Platform User Needs Assessment Now Available !
This data platform user needs assessment set out to better understand the likely users of a North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative web-based data platform, the higher level tasks those users undertake that could be supported, and the content and functions/capabilities that support those... [show full news item]
This data platform user needs assessment set out to better understand the likely users of a North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative web-based data platform, the higher level tasks those users undertake that could be supported, and the content and functions/capabilities that support those tasks. The focus has been on identifying the unique role the NPLCC can play given its mission, large trans-boundary geography, and broad stakeholder engagement within the ever growing number of on-line climate change and conservation data portals.  
 
Click here to review the full report.

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The summer edition of Adaptation Notes is hot off the press!
Click here to get the 3rd edition of EcoAdapt's quarterly newsletter, Adaptation Notes!
 
Learn the Adaptation ABCs, help us celebrate CAKE 3rd birthday, and get a riveting highlight from each of our four programs! 
Help us Celebrate CAKE's Birthday!
Support CAKE's first webinar series! You asked for webinars featuring case studies, resources, tools, and adaptation experts and we want to give them to you!  When we asked what you wanted to see more of on CAKE, an overwhelming majority asked for webinars on important topics in climate change... [show full news item]
Support CAKE's first webinar series! You asked for webinars featuring case studies, resources, tools, and adaptation experts and we want to give them to you!  When we asked what you wanted to see more of on CAKE, an overwhelming majority asked for webinars on important topics in climate change adaptation. We think it’s a great idea! CAKE has more content than any other adaptation website, an amazing community of experts, and it’s a central place to host webinar materials and community discussions! The CAKE Editors have been brainstorming different topics that might be of interest for webinars, ranging from impacts (e.g., fire, extreme weather events) to sectors (e.g., policy, agriculture) to special interests (e.g., resilient cities, marine spatial planning, education and literacy), and more! But we need your support to make it happen!  
 


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EcoAdapt's Dr. Lara Hansen on Obama's Climate Speech: "Real change and a better tomorrow can happen 'if we don’t fear the future, instead we seize it.'”
June 25, 2013
It is not without some historical interest that the same day the Supreme Court strikes down some provisions of the Voting Rights Act (a change in American law and culture that required great political will and action by the people to bring to pass) that President Obama attempts to... [show full news item]
It is not without some historical interest that the same day the Supreme Court strikes down some provisions of the Voting Rights Act (a change in American law and culture that required great political will and action by the people to bring to pass) that President Obama attempts to exert political will in response to the people demanding some action be taken in order to address a new change to better America—slowing the rate and extent of climate change, and helping our nation deal with the effects of climate change that are already underway.

There will be much talk about the mitigation side actions—those things that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But there will likely be less talk (based on the content of the articles written in the run up to today’s speech) about the adaptation side actions—those things that help reduce the adverse effects of the changes that are already taking place and are committed to take place due to the amount of greenhouse gas already in the atmosphere from the combustion of fossil fuels, generation of cement and land use change that humans have been undertaking for well over 100 years.

There were two big actions highlighted by President Obama today under the heading of “preparing” for or “protecting from” climate change. While “preparing” is a nice word, I’m not sure it’s the right word anymore. The recent uptick in dramatic storms that cost billions to insurance (public and private) and individuals, the growing threat of sea level rise in most of our coastal communities, the loss of sea ice that is displacing native Alaskan communities as unprecedented coastal erosion undermines their homes, the persistent droughts in the south and west parts of the country, the increasing regularity of 100 year floods in the Midwest, infestations by insects historically kept at bay by cold winters causing loss of forests and food crops…we are no longer preparing, we are responding. “Protecting” as you can see also has some failings unless we plan to build endless fortresses across the landscape.

But I digress, the sentiment is spot on. We are looked into a variety of changes that are already afoot and we need to be making better decisions so that we are not wasting money, effort and time on vulnerable planning and management. This includes not only building cities that are not so easily inundated but it also requires landscape-level planning to improve the odds for natural resources and the services they provide that decrease the vulnerability of human communities through things like flood control and water supply delivery.

The Administration seems to have offered two areas of support. One is to give people the information (or data) that will help them make better decisions. Much of this information has been available for quite sometime, albeit very hard to find. But the bigger hurdle is people either don’t know it exists or don’t know what to do with it. I recently stumbled upon a useful analogy about this while coaching little league. There is a wealth of robust and useful information being created by scientists, and they keep throwing it out there for everyone. Unfortunately they don’t always seem to know why they are throwing it out there or to whom they throw it. In baseball I ask the kids “why do you throw the ball?” I believe you throw the ball so that it will be caught. Those data need to be caught by people who can use them. The Administration needs to not only get that rich information out there, but it needs to share it in a manner than makes it catchable. Take a look at NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch and you’ll see that they are putting on a baseball clinic every day on how to throw and be caught. Create a portal that not only houses information, but translates it and delivers it into the hands of the users in a form that they know what to do with it.

Second the Administration has committed to partnering with communities, states and tribes to deal with the effects of climate change. This is crucial to successful outcomes. Even better, take it beyond the communities, and include the counties, farmers and the public lands. Earlier this year 500 people who are already making this effort part of their daily work convened in Denver at the National Adaptation Forum. The scope of the work underway demonstrates that the interest for this plan exists and already has a scaffolding upon which to be built. But it needs help — both through good sources of advice and green/grey infrastructure support. Advice could be well provided through a national extension agency. NOAA already has extension agents doing this and USDA recently committed to its own cohort. Now we need them for everything else! We also need to get resources and a workforce going on how to maximize our use of green infrastructure to make us more resilient to climate change and grey infrastructure where deemed to be the only option. Imagine a 21st century-New Deal version of the Works Projects Administration that makes our communities safer and more sustainable, where we spend tax dollars and other funds to invest in ourselves into the future. Look no farther than recovery work on the Gulf Coast and the post-Sandy eastern seaboard for where this is already underway — just without an explicit charge to be more robust in the face of future events.

Check out some of the needs and recommendations a group of interested experts put together recently in The State of Adaptation in the United States and see what other agencies and organizations are doing to respond to climate change on the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange.

It was inspiring today to hear our nation’s leader speak out about this unprecedented challenge. I take heart in his spirit, his words and his intention. Yes, real change and a better tomorrow can happen  “…if we don’t fear the future, instead we seize it.” Keep the good ideas flowing and move them all toward action. Yes, we can change the path of climate change!
 
-- Dr. Lara Hansen, Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt
 
To see more Adaptation Nation blogs go to: http://climate-adaptation.blogspot.com/

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EcoAdapt’s Lara Hansen named to the Department of Interior’s new Climate Change Advisory Committee!
The committee, announced by recently appointment DOI Secretary Sally Jewell, will advise the Department of Interior’s climate change adaptation science initiatives. The twenty-five committee members, selected from... [show full news item]
The committee, announced by recently appointment DOI Secretary Sally Jewell, will advise the Department of Interior’s climate change adaptation science initiatives. The twenty-five committee members, selected from a pool of over 100 nominees, represent federal, state, tribal, and local governments, as well as academia, nonprofits, and the private sector. The committee will have its inaugural convening this summer.

"It's both an honor and a great responsibility to be invited to be a part of this committee," said Lara. "The decisions we make today in terms of climate have long-term ramifications for society and the environment we live in. It is my hope that as advisers we can guide the best decisions possible to support a robust future in the face of climate change."


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Ever wonder what others are doing about the effects of climate change?
Unlike the weather, about which it has been complained that much is said but nothing ever done, there is action underway to address the effects of climate change in our communities and ecosystems across the country. The State of Adaptation in the United States, a synthesis commissioned... [show full news item]
Unlike the weather, about which it has been complained that much is said but nothing ever done, there is action underway to address the effects of climate change in our communities and ecosystems across the country. The State of Adaptation in the United States, a synthesis commissioned and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and undertaken by EcoAdapt, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University, and the University of California-Davis, provides examples of societal responses to climate change in our planning and management of cities, agriculture and natural resources. These examples include regulatory measures, management strategies and information sharing. 
 
Read more about the report here!  (Note: Best viewed with Explorer and Google Chrome)

But we can’t rest on our laurels just yet! The State of Adaptation in the United States also identifies the gaps that need to be filled to better prepare society for climate change, as well as actions that could fill those gaps. Recommended next steps include:

  1. The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum: Action Today for a Better Tomorrow.  Being held this week in Denver! It will serve as a capacity-building opportunity and has a meeting flow designed to increase cross-sectoral linkages among adaptation practitioners. Participants include >500 governmental, NGO, academic, and private sector representatives.
  2. The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). Launching in 2013, this society aims to organize and support the needs of climate change adaptation professionals – in academia, public, and the private and non-profit sectors – working on adaptation from national to local scales and within or across multiple sectors. This group plans to use the National Adaptation Forum as an opportunity for its first public convening.
  3. Take stock of existing guidance: direct people to what is already available through websites such as the Adaptation Clearinghouse (georgetownclimate.org/adaptation/clearinghouse) and the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (cakex.org), assess the efficacy of the tools, and create what is still needed.
  4. Climate change adaptation marketing. Most people don’t know what adaptation is by name and many don’t know what it is even when you explain it. It needs to be made understandable, approachable, and embraceable.
  5. Kick-start adaptation implementation (especially at the state and local level). Provide incentives to implement more challenging or experimental approaches that include mechanisms for assessing efficacy through monitoring and evaluation.
  6. Identify Pathways for Success. This includes an analysis and synthesis of technical mechanisms (including project, process, and monitoring design), legal mechanisms, and metrics of success for effective adaptation. From this good replicable models of successful adaptation can be developed.
  7. Move the climate change agenda beyond its current perception as being an environmental issue. Make it central to good planning and management for social and economic sustainability and well-being. This includes efforts to broaden the scope of climate change adaptation to show cross-sectoral linkages and the synergies that evolve through multi-sectoral cooperation.

Read the whole thing for yourself! 


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Climate Savvy National Adaptation Forum Agenda
April 2, 2013
Use the color coded Adaptation Ladder of Engagement to help guide you to each rung to appropriate symposiums, working groups, and trainings to get you to the next step. Download the Climate Savvy National Adaptation Forum Agenda.
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Use the color coded Adaptation Ladder of Engagement to help guide you to each rung to appropriate symposiums, working groups, and trainings to get you to the next step. Download the Climate Savvy National Adaptation Forum Agenda.

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Learn about EcoAdapt’s climate-smart coastal and marine spatial planning project!
Watch the Moore Foundation's grantee video and learn more about EcoAdapt's efforts to integrate climate change into existing place-based coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) processes from Alaska down into California.
 
Check out EcoAdapt's First Quarterly Newsletter!
Extra! Extra! Curious what EcoAdapt is up to? Read all about it!   EcoAdapt is excited to announce the release of our first quarterly newsletter! Stay up-to-date on EcoAdapt news and events as wells as our latest programmatic successes.    Check out our February newsletter to... [show full news item]
Extra! Extra! Curious what EcoAdapt is up to? Read all about it!
 
EcoAdapt is excited to announce the release of our first quarterly newsletter! Stay up-to-date on EcoAdapt news and events as wells as our latest programmatic successes. 
 
Check out our February newsletter to learn more about our work in the Great Lakes, the Adaptation Starter Kit (ASK), climate savvy monitoring in California, and a new CAKE case study! Read more here!
 
Find future issues in the library under Newsletters!
 

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EcoAdapt bids a fond farewell to Jennie Hoffman
February 5, 2013
It is with great sadness and giddy anticipation that EcoAdapt announces the upcoming departure of Jennie Hoffman. While we are sad to lose her as an EcoAdapt staff member, we look forward to her continued engagement and collaboration in the world of climate change adaptation. She will be leaving... [show full news item]
It is with great sadness and giddy anticipation that EcoAdapt announces the upcoming departure of Jennie Hoffman. While we are sad to lose her as an EcoAdapt staff member, we look forward to her continued engagement and collaboration in the world of climate change adaptation. She will be leaving EcoAdapt at the end of February.
 
Jennie says “I am so proud to have helped bring EcoAdapt into being, and amazed at how we have grown and what we have accomplished in just a few short years. The organization is at a great point in terms of stability and accomplishments, and I want to take advantage of this opportunity to explore options for the next phase of my adaptation work.”
 
Everyone at EcoAdapt wishes Jennie success in her next adventure and is thankful for all she has done to help create climate-savvy adaptation practitioners around the globe. Keep up the excellent work!
 
All our best,
The EcoAdapt Team 

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Climate Change Adaptation on the Front Burner in the Great Lakes Region According to New EcoAdapt Survey
EcoAdapt is pleased to announce the release of a new report The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region. This report details the efforts of EcoAdapt to survey, inventory, and assess (where possible) climate change adaptation efforts for freshwater resources in the Great Lakes.... [show full news item]
EcoAdapt is pleased to announce the release of a new report The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region. This report details the efforts of EcoAdapt to survey, inventory, and assess (where possible) climate change adaptation efforts for freshwater resources in the Great Lakes. Over 100 examples of adaptation initiatives from the natural and built environments are provided, along with 57 case studies of select projects and programs.
 
The report and case studies provide useful information on climate change adaptation in the region for both novice and experienced practitioners. Readers can learn about different types of adaptation strategies, find real world examples of how others in similar disciplines or regions are incorporating climate change into their own work, and locate the people and tools needed to help move their adaptation efforts forward.

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EcoAdapt's 2011 Annual Report is ready for your viewing pleasure
Wanna know what EcoAdapt did in 2011? Check out our new Annual Report! Relive the exciting events of 2011, including the ever exciting EcoAdapt Index. Visit EcoAdapt's 2011 Annual Report to learn more.Stay tuned for 2012!
Inaugural National Adaptation Forum: Sponsorship & Exhibitor Prospectus now available
Become a sponsor or exhibitor today!
Learn more about how you can support the National Adaptation Forum: Action today for a better tomorrow. The Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus is here, please take a moment to review the diverse and affordable opportunities to support the National Adaptation Forum.     We... [show full news item]
Learn more about how you can support the National Adaptation Forum: Action today for a better tomorrow. The Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus is here, please take a moment to review the diverse and affordable opportunities to support the National Adaptation Forum.  
 
We have several sponsorships levels: support the opening ceremonies Meet and Greet, or an evening Poster Session and Exhibitor Networking Reception, perhaps you would like to be the Platinum Sponsor helping us ensure the success of the forum.  
 
As an Exhibitor, you will have the opportunity to interact directly with the adaptation community. The forum is targeting mangers, planners, scientists, engineers, sectoral interest groups, private sector and policy makers actively involved in developing preparation and responses to climate change for improved long-term outcomes. Consider teaming up with another organization and share an exhibit booth. 
 
If you are interested in supporting the National Adaptation Forum, but don't see a sponsorship opportunity that meets your needs, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to work with you and create a customized a sponsorship plan. wendykay@ecoadapt.org  
 
To learn more please visit: Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus

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EcoAdapt one of eight projects selected to receive funding from the California Conservation Landscape Cooperative
We are pleased to announce that EcoAdapt's proposal to facilitate a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort to develop a large scale vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies for focal resources of the Sierra Nevada was one of eight projects selected for funding from the California... [show full news item]
We are pleased to announce that EcoAdapt's proposal to facilitate a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort to develop a large scale vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies for focal resources of the Sierra Nevada was one of eight projects selected for funding from the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC). Funded projects range from regional invasive plant management to predicting sea level rise impacts on tidal wetlands.
 
Project partners include the US Forest Service, Conservation Biology Institute and Geos Institute. Specific project objectives include assessing the vulnerability of the Sierra Nevada focal resources to climate change, using spatial analysis and expert input to prioritize conservation areas or actions, and identifying implementable management response to climate change in the Sierra Nevada. Scientists, land managers, and conservation practitioners will be invited to provide input throughout this project with the goals of creating a more integrated assessment, of building buy-in and capacity across a range of stakeholders, and of ensuring that both the scientific and managerial viewpoints are integrated throughout. 
   
 
 

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Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Climate Change Adaptation Resource Management for the Sky Island Region
The report Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Climate Change Adaptation and Resource Management for the Sky Island Region is now available online. This workshop was the second in a three part Climate Adaptation Workshop series convened by Sky Island Alliance and EcoAdapt in April of... [show full news item]
The report Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Climate Change Adaptation and Resource Management for the Sky Island Region is now available online. This workshop was the second in a three part Climate Adaptation Workshop series convened by Sky Island Alliance and EcoAdapt in April of 2011. The focus was on biology, vulnerabilities, and adaptation strategies specific to the Sky Island Region with the goal to develop individual and collective actions to address climate change impacts. 
 
Additional collaborative partners for the workshop series include: University of Arizona Institute of the Environment and School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Climate Assessment for the Southwest, Sonoran Joint Venture, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Coronado National Forest, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Udall Foundation Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
 
For more information on the Sky Island Alliance Climate Adaptation Workshop series, please go to: http://www.skyislandalliance.org/adaptationworkshops.htm

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A Climate-Informed Conservation Blueprint for the Greater Puget Sound Ecoregion
With the support of the Sierra Club, EcoAdapt and the Geos Institute partnered to create climate-informed "blueprints" for Western Washington in order to highlight and prioritize areas and actions likely to increase the success of conservation efforts in a rapidly changing... [show full news item]
With the support of the Sierra Club, EcoAdapt and the Geos Institute partnered to create climate-informed "blueprints" for Western Washington in order to highlight and prioritize areas and actions likely to increase the success of conservation efforts in a rapidly changing climate. The report titled A Climate-Informed Conservation Blueprint for the Greater Puget Sound Ecoregion includes maps which identify areas that have particular ecological value and are predicted to have greater ecological stability or instability under changing climate conditions. This information may be used to suggest priority areas and stategic conservation actions that, when combined, may provide species and ecosystems with a greater likelihood of persistence and function throghout the rapidly changing climate over the next 75 years.       

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EcoAdapt's Climate Adaptation Starter Kit is now available.
New to climate adaptation? Need more resources and information to get you started? Check out EcoAdapt's new Climate Adaptation Starter Kit. The Starter Kit includes a list of resources, tools, and examples to get you started in thinking and implementing on the ground adaptation activities.... [show full news item]
New to climate adaptation? Need more resources and information to get you started? Check out EcoAdapt's new Climate Adaptation Starter Kit. The Starter Kit includes a list of resources, tools, and examples to get you started in thinking and implementing on the ground adaptation activities. Click here for your Climate Adaptation Starter Kit: http://ecoadapt.org/programs/awareness-to-action/climate-starter-kit.    

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Online Surveys Available for Great Lakes and Western U.S./Canada Work
We are conducting surveys on how individuals and organizations are incorporating climate change into their work in the Great Lakes and the western U.S. and Canadian states, provinces, and territories. To fill out a survey on work in the Great Lakes, click here. To fill out a survey on work in the... [show full news item]
We are conducting surveys on how individuals and organizations are incorporating climate change into their work in the Great Lakes and the western U.S. and Canadian states, provinces, and territories. To fill out a survey on work in the Great Lakes, click here. To fill out a survey on work in the Western U.S. and Canada, click here. By participating, you will be providing critical input for our effort to assess the state of climate change adaptation in these regions. For more information on our efforts, please visit our State of Adaptation page.


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New monitoring framework for marine protected area monitoring provides “alerting signals” to improve temperate marine management.

Marine ecosystems are a major focus of concern regarding the potential impacts of anthropogenic climate change. While “alerting signals” and recommendations for monitoring resilience to climate change exist for coral reefs, in temperate marine ecosystems relatively little guidance exists for... [show full news item]

Marine ecosystems are a major focus of concern regarding the potential impacts of anthropogenic climate change. While “alerting signals” and recommendations for monitoring resilience to climate change exist for coral reefs, in temperate marine ecosystems relatively little guidance exists for developing feasible approaches to monitor climate change effects. In California, a statewide network of marine protected areas (MPAs) is being implemented to, among other things; protect ecosystem structure, function, and integrity. Monitoring plans for these MPAs are being developed, creating a timely opportunity to build in an early warning system and measure the resilience of temperate marine ecosystems to climate change.

To address this issue, EcoAdapt collaborated with the California MPA Monitoring Enterprise to explore the thoughts of the marine monitoring community and to develop a monitoring framework for California MPAs. 

Focus Group
 
The two-hour focus group entitled Monitoring resilience to climate change in temperate marine ecosystems occurred at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria, British Columbia in 2011. It included participants from around the world who shared their thoughts on the challenges, opportunities and ideas for developing a temperate monitoring framework. Complete details can be found here: Monitoring Resilience to Climate Change in Temperate Marine Ecosystems.
Monitoring Framework
 
Building on the insights shared at this focus group and additional research, EcoAdapt and the MPA Monitoring Enterprise used the model of existing monitoring frameworks being employed in California to envision a climate change monitoring framework. The result was a suggested framework for augmenting MPA monitoring efforts in order to inform our understanding of climate change effects and increase the effectiveness of adaptive MPA management in light of climate change.

The full report, Monitoring Climate Effects in Temperate Marine Ecosystems  is a supplement to California's MPA monitoring that can track climate change effects on habitats and species. This innovative approach to monitoring contains recommendations for efficiently incorporating climate change monitoring following a three-tiered design in order to provide scalable implementation options for managers that can track climate change impacts and provide ‘alerting signals’ for California’s marine ecosystems.
 


 

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Happy Solstice and Welcome 2012
Greetings EcoAdapt friends and fans,   We hope this message finds everyone well and ready for the New Year. It's that time of the year again when the days start getting longer here in the Northern Hemisphere. We welcomed the Solstice with enthusiasm and know it won't be long before we'll be... [show full news item]
Greetings EcoAdapt friends and fans,
 
We hope this message finds everyone well and ready for the New Year. It's that time of the year again when the days start getting longer here in the Northern Hemisphere. We welcomed the Solstice with enthusiasm and know it won't be long before we'll be making plans for the summer. We send our best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful 2012. May all of your conservation dreams come true! 
 
The EcoAdapt team
 
 

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HOT OFF THE PRESS - EcoAdapt's 2010 Annual Report
While we always find it challenging to briefly summarize EcoAdapt’s diverse and important contributions to the nascent field of adaptation, we hope our 2010 Annual Report provides a representative sampling of our diverse activities and accomplishments. We continue to set the bar high for... [show full news item]
While we always find it challenging to briefly summarize EcoAdapt’s diverse and important contributions to the nascent field of adaptation, we hope our 2010 Annual Report provides a representative sampling of our diverse activities and accomplishments. We continue to set the bar high for ourselves and work to bring more adaptation partners into the fold as we continue to incorporate the realities of climate change into conservation, resource management, and all other activities underway by society today. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did bringing it to fruition!

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Grant from the Mott Foundation to Support Adaptation Survey Expansion to the Great Lakes
We are happy to announce that we have received funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to expand our State of Adaptation survey to the Great Lakes region. EcoAdapt has undertaken one of the most comprehensive adaptation surveys to date, with over 1,900 practitioners contacted and over 225... [show full news item]
We are happy to announce that we have received funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to expand our State of Adaptation survey to the Great Lakes region. EcoAdapt has undertaken one of the most comprehensive adaptation surveys to date, with over 1,900 practitioners contacted and over 225 case studies (and counting!) from the salty coasts of North America and the terrestrial and freshwater environments of the western U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories. With this new funding, we can use our established interview and survey methodology to investigate and document how people are preparing for or responding to climate change in the Great Lakes region, create case studies of different adaptation projects and programs, and synthesize the results in a white paper. In addition, we plan to share our results through the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) and conduct regional climate-focused workshops and webinars.

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Jennie Hoffman and fellow Vulnerability Assessment guide co-authors received DOI Partners in Conservation Award
Congratulations to the authors of "Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability" who were awarded the Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award! They were nominated by USGS and received the award because the "...guidebook is being used... [show full news item]
Congratulations to the authors of "Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability" who were awarded the Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award! They were nominated by USGS and received the award because the "...guidebook is being used across Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus and the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to guide standardized vulnerability assessment of the resources it manages..."
 

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EcoAdapt Annual Retreat!
August 24, 2011
The EcoAdapt Staff are heading off to their annual retreat to review the last year, make plans for an exciting 2012 and have some fun too! Stay tuned for our annual report when we share our goals, challenges and success. Thank you for partnering with us over the last year as we work to create a robust future in the face of a changing climate.
EcoAdapt and National Wildlife Federation bring Climate-Smart Restoration to the Great Lakes
Check out our latest publication. It takes climate change adaptation down to the practical level for folks working on Great Lakes restoration.

See the following press release sent out by our partners at NWF.

Ann Arbor, MI (June 15, 2011)

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Check out our latest publication. It takes climate change adaptation down to the practical level for folks working on Great Lakes restoration.

See the following press release sent out by our partners at NWF.

Ann Arbor, MI (June 15, 2011)

Climate change is bringing new challenges to the Great Lakes region and changing the way communities think about conservation. The National Wildlife Federation and EcoAdapt are working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) to reduce the vulnerability of the Great Lakes area by developing methods to ensure that coastal planning and restoration projects are "climate-smart." Today, these conservation partners are releasing an innovative new guidance, Restoring the Great Lakes' Coastal Future, which factors in regional climate change impacts and provides key recommendations to enhance the durability of Great Lakes restoration.

"Our region has 20 percent of the world's freshwater reserves and a rich collection of fish and wildlife, all of which could be devastated by the impacts of climate change, " said Melinda Koslow, regional campaign manager for the Great Lakes Regional Center for the National Wildlife Federation. "This guidance provides us with a powerful tool to plan for the future and protect our resources."

"What's particularly exciting about this guidance is the focus on concrete action," said Jennie Hoffman, Program Director for EcoAdapt. "It shows how we can use our understanding of climatic changes to strengthen our work in the Great Lakes."

"Effective conservation requires consideration of climate change impacts on habitats." said Pat Montanio, Director of the Office of Habitat Conservation at NOAA. "This guidance is a great tool to help ensure that coastal restoration projects in the Great Lakes will endure as the climate continues to change."

Applying a climate-smart restoration framework to future restoration projects in the Great Lakes region will greatly benefit people, wildlife, and the environment. You can view the Restoring the Great Lakes' Coastal Future: Technical Guidance for the Design and Implementation of Climate-Smart Coastal Restoration Projects in the Great Lakes Region by visiting the National Wildlife Federation's Global Warming page and clicking on Climate-Smart Conservation.
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The Adaptation Mavens at Eagle Harbor Books!
On behalf of co-authors Lara Hansen and Jennifer Hoffman, we would like to thank Eagle Harbor Books for hosting a reading of Climate Savvy on April 21, 2011. We would also like to take a moment to thank the attendees for their wonderful questions about climate change adaptation and the steps they... [show full news item]
On behalf of co-authors Lara Hansen and Jennifer Hoffman, we would like to thank Eagle Harbor Books for hosting a reading of Climate Savvy on April 21, 2011. We would also like to take a moment to thank the attendees for their wonderful questions about climate change adaptation and the steps they can take to address it in their own back-yards. Ironically, during the reading of Climate Savvy, Dr. Hansen referenced a current challenge taking place in the Alligator River of North Carolina. This morning, NPR ran a story about sea level rise in the area and the climate change adaptation efforts taking place there now. Check it out:

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135407972/losing-but-slowly-in-struggle-to-fight-back-the-sea
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EcoAdapt’s new website!
Whew! It’s here! Welcome!

It has been a long process in the making. Our website has developed along with our organization. We have come a very long way from our initial placeholder site in 2008, to our site designed via an online site builder which was up from 2009 to a few days ago,... [show full news item]
Whew! It’s here! Welcome!

It has been a long process in the making. Our website has developed along with our organization. We have come a very long way from our initial placeholder site in 2008, to our site designed via an online site builder which was up from 2009 to a few days ago, and now to our very our professional website!

We are so excited to share it with you and hope you find it both informative and motivational! We have tried to make it representative of EcoAdapt and our collective personality. We certainly hope you will enjoy it.

Please explore our Team page and read all about the wonderful staff at EcoAdapt. Don’t forget to stop by the Programs page to find out more about what EcoAdapt does and how we can engage with you in the future.

Also, please come back often as we have plans to leave fun tidbits or ‘easter eggs’ around the site for our friends to find (there may or may not already be one in the Library!).

We hope you enjoy your visit!
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What exactly is the state of marine and coastal adaptation in North America?
We're happy to announce the release of our report: The State of Marine and Coastal Adaptation in North America: A Synthesis of Emerging Ideas . This is the culmination of a nearly 18 month effort to survey adaptation projects, programs, and activities in the marine and coastal areas of the... [show full news item]
We're happy to announce the release of our report: The State of Marine and Coastal Adaptation in North America: A Synthesis of Emerging Ideas . This is the culmination of a nearly 18 month effort to survey adaptation projects, programs, and activities in the marine and coastal areas of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Make sure you check it out on CAKE, along with all the case studies detailed in the report.
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Is your work Climate Savvy?
Climate change experts Drs. Lara Hansen and Jennifer Hoffman consider the implications of climate change for key resource management issues of our time—invasive species, corridors and connectivity, ecological restoration, pollution, and many others. How will strategies need to change to facilitate... [show full news item]
Climate change experts Drs. Lara Hansen and Jennifer Hoffman consider the implications of climate change for key resource management issues of our time—invasive species, corridors and connectivity, ecological restoration, pollution, and many others. How will strategies need to change to facilitate adaptation to a new climate regime? What steps can we take to promote resilience?

Climate Savvy offers a wide-ranging exploration of how scientists, managers, and policymakers can use the challenge of climate change as an opportunity to build a more holistic and effective philosophy. Based on collaboration with a wide range of scientists, conservation leaders, and practitioners, the authors present general ideas as well as practical steps and strategies that can help cope with this new reality.
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