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State and Local Adaptation Plans

States and communities around the country have begun to prepare for the climate changes that are already underway.  This planning process typically results in a document called an adaptation plan.  

Below is a map that highlights the status of state adaptation planning and a detailed table of adaptation plans found in the Georgetown Climate Center's Adaptation Clearinghouse.  Please move the map to view Alaska and Hawaii.

State-Local Adaptation Plans Menu

Statesort icon Adaptation Plan Information
Alaska Alaska's IAWG 2008 Final Report: Recommendations Report to the Governor's Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change
2008

Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address climate change threats to the State's communities. The IAWG examined the needs and priorities of a sub-set of...

Alaska Alaska's IAWG 2009 Final Report: Recommendations to the Governor's Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change
March 2009

Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) of the Governor’s Executive Subcabinet on Climate Change was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address impacts to the state's communities from climate change....

Alaska Alaska Department of Fish and Game Climate Change Strategy
November 2010

Recognizing the impacts of climate change, a Climate Change Sub-Cabinet was formed in 2007 to inform the Office of the Governor of Alaska, and to prepare a comprehensive climate change strategy for the state. As part of this effort, each state...

Alaska City of Homer, Alaska Climate Action Plan
December 2007

The Climate Action Plan for the City of Homer, Alaska explains the measures the city has adopted to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The adaptation section focuses on strengthening the local economy, encouraging sustainable businesses,...

Alaska Alaska's Climate Change Strategy: Addressing Impacts in Alaska
January 2010

The Adaptation Advisory Group (AAG) to the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet created this adaptation response plan as part of Alaska's overall climate change strategy, which also addresses mitigation and research needs, and includes a special...

Alaska Alaska Wildlife Action Plan
December 2005

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known technically...

Arizona Arizona Wildlife Action Plan 2012-2022
May 16, 2012

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan - in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as...

Arizona City of Phoenix, Arizona Tree and Shade Master Plan 2009
2009

The City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan addresses urban forestry and the value of trees in Phoenix, Arizona. The urban forest, as described in the plan, is essential to creating a sustainable city because it solves many problems with one...

Arizona City of Phoenix, Arizona Water Resources Plan Update 2005
2005

The 2005 update of the Water Resources Plan for Phoenix, Arizona provides guidance for water acquisition, water management and infrastructure actions necessary to ensure an adequate water supply for both the current population and the anticipated...

Arizona City of Tucson, Arizona 2008 Update to Water Plan: 2000-2050
2008

This is the first update to Water Plan: 2000-2050 since it was issued by the City of Tucson's Water Department (Tucson Water) in 2004. The substantive issues and challenges to ensuring a secure water future remain largely the same (...

California GreenLA: An Action Plan to Lead the Nation in Fighting Global Warming
May 2007

The City of Los Angeles released its climate action plan, GreenLA, in May 2007. This plan contains a short adaptation section that addresses disaster preparedness, water security, fire preparedness, reducing the heat island effect, and...

California Living with a Rising Bay: Vulnerability and Adaptation in San Francisco Bay and on its Shoreline
September 23, 2011

This report focuses on the impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay area and how local governments can respond. Chapter five of the report focuses on adaptation strategies. Specifically the report addresses the impacts of sea level...

California Santa Clara Valley Water District - Urban Water Management Plan
2010

The 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) includes a general discussion on the history of Santa Clara Valley Water District as well as information on climate, demographics, and the economy of Santa Clara County. Water supply sources including...

California Managing an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California's Water
October 2008

This report recommends a series of adaptation strategies for state and local water managers to improve their capacity to handle climatic changes. The 10 climate change adaptation strategies for California's water outlined in this report...

California Treasure Island Adaptation Strategy For Sea Level Rise, Part I: Background and Projections
June 2008

This report is part of a series of case studies of Bay Area local planning efforts and projects that address climate change impacts that the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission's (BCDC) Adaptation Assistance Program (...

California ClimateLA
2008

ClimateLA is an implementation program for action items discussed in the GreenLA plan released by the City of Los Angeles in May 2007.  In May 2007, the City of Los Angeles, California published “Green LA: An Action Plan to Lead the...

California California Climate Adaptation Strategy (2009)
December 2, 2009

The state of California released this cross-agency, multi-sector strategy in late 2009, to help guide California's efforts in adapting to climate change impacts. The California Climate Adaptation Strategy, directed by Executive Order S-13-08...

California California Climate Adaptation Strategy - 2010 Progress Report
November 15, 2010

The 2009 Adaptation Strategy organized state agencies into seven resource-based sector working groups. Each working group identified preliminary adaptation strategies that could be implemented in the short term (by December 2010) and the longer...

California California Water Plan Update 2009 - Integrated Water Management
2009

This 2009 update of the California Water Plan includes 4 primary reports which comprehensively incorporate the consideration of climate change: Volume 1- Strategic Plan, Volume 2 - Resource Management Strategies, Volume 3 - Regional Reports, and...

California Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change - A Strategy for California
November 2010

California's 2009 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy called for an independent, non-partisan group of private citizens to act as an adaptation advisory panel to the state. On December 2, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California...

California Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk - Draft Update to the 2009 CA Climate Adaptation Strategy
December 2013

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, is updating the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy. The update, Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of...

California California State Coastal Conservancy Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018
December 6, 2012

The California Coastal Conservancy is a state agency established in 1976 to purchase, protect, restore, and enhance coastal resources, and to provide access to the shore - working in partnership with local governments, other public agencies,...

California California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide: Planning for Adaptive Communities
July 2012

The California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) provides guidance in the form of a decision-making framework intended for use by local and regional stakeholders to aid in the interpretation of climate science, and to develop a systematic...

California California Drought Contingency Plan
November 17, 2010

The California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), released by the Department of Water Resources,  represents the first State drought plan. The DCP is a planning and implementation document that identifies strategies and actions state agencies...

California City of Pinole, California General Plan Update
November 2010

Located 20 miles northeast from San Francisco, the City of Pinole is situated on the shores of San Pablo Bay in West Contra Costa County of California. The state law requires every city and county to adopt a general plan for its future...