This page provides an overview of the steps Oregon is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

In 2006, Governor Ted Kulongoski established the Governor’s Climate Change Integration Group (CCIG), made up of industry leaders, non-profit organizations, and representatives from state, federal, and local governments. The CCIG produced a report, Oregon’s Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change, in early 2008. This report articulated high-level principles and recommendations for adaptation planning in the state. In October 2009, Governor Kulongoski asked state agencies and partners in Oregon’s university system to develop an initial framework for determining the most important climate-related risks to the state and make recommendations for how the state should prepare for those risks. In response, the state published The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework in December 2010.

The 2010 plan was developed in parallel with the Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR) by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. The OCAR and the 2010 plan are intended to complement each other. The OCAR identifies the most likely impacts from climate change, which will help the state prioritize resources to prepare for and adapt to a changing and variable climate. The 2010 plan includes short- and long-term goals for state agency action while acknowledging that it will be necessary to continue to develop adaptation strategies and plans, particularly at the regional and local levels.

The 2010 plan identifies 11 key risks that are likely to be associated with climate change. For each risk, the plan provides: (1) risk assessment results; (2) consequences of the risk to key sectors and communities (e.g., ecosystems, built environment, public health, economy, forestry, and agriculture); (3) current state agency efforts to address the risk; (4) gaps in agency capacity; (5) needed actions; and (6) priority implementation actions including coordination, research, and resource needs.

Oregon is in the process of implementing the goals set forth in the 2010 plan.

(Research last updated June 30, 2014; Click here for a description of our methodology.)

The Georgetown Climate Center’s State Adaptation Progress Tracker, which tracks the progress of states in implementing their adaptation plans, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation. 

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Sector Adaptation Goals in Progress or Completed

Get a quick view of the progress Oregon is making to prepare for climate change in different areas below. The first number includes goals in progress or completed in Oregon's state adaptation plan.  The second number reflects the total number of goals in each area. For a more detailed look at progress click here or click on one of the sector buttons below. 

Completed Goals from the Agriculture Plan

Completed Goals from the Biodiversity Plan

Completed Goals from the Coasts/Oceans Plan

Completed Goals from the Emergency Preparedness Plan

Completed Goals from the Infrastructure Plan

Completed Goals from the Public Health Plan

Completed Goals from the Water Plan



State Law and Policy

Resource Name Resource Type Date
Oregon EO 15-09: Directing State Agencies to Plan for Resiliency to Drought, To Meet the Challenge that a Changing Climate Brings Law and Governance July 27, 2015
Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy Planning August 2, 2012
Oregon House Bill 3543: Global Warming Actions Law and Governance June 2007

State Agency Plans

Resource Name Sector(s) Covered Date
Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan Public health February 2, 2017
Oregon Conservation Strategy - State Wildlife Action Plan, 2016 Update Biodiversity and ecosystems, Fish and fisheries, Land management and conservation, Wildlife 2016
Oregon Dept. of Transportation Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report Emergency preparedness, Transportation April 2012
The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Forestry, Land use and built environment, Public health, Water resources December 2010
Climate Ready Communities: A Strategy for Adapting to Impacts of Climate Change on the Oregon Coast Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Land use and built environment January 2009
Preparing Oregon's Fish, Wildlife, and Habitats for Future Climate Change: A Guide for State Adaptation Efforts Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Fish and fisheries, Forestry, Land management and conservation, Wildlife 2008

Local and Regional Plans

Resource Name Date
Eugene and Springfield Multi-Jurisdiction Natural Hazard mitigation Plan November 2016
City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon Climate Action Plan 2015 June 2015
City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Change Preparation Strategy September 16, 2014
Portland Water Bureau Sustainability Action Plan, 2011 Update 2011
A Community Climate and Energy Action Plan for Eugene, Oregon September 2010
City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon Climate Action Plan 2009 October 2009
Preparing for Climate Change in the Upper Willamette River Basin of Western Oregon: Co-Beneficial Planning for Communities and Ecosystems March 2009
Preparing for Climate Change in the Rogue River Basin of Southwest Oregon December 8, 2008

More Featured Resources

Resource Name Resource Category Date
Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report Assessments September 25, 2014
Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR) Assessments December 2010
Oregon Shores Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project Education and Outreach
Climate Change Health Preparedness in Oregon Education and Outreach April 2009
Oregon Global Warming Commission 2009 Report to the Legislature Monitoring and Reporting January 2009
Oregon's Final Report to the Governor - A Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change Planning January 2008

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