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), with representation from industry leaders, nonprofit organizations, and representatives from federal, state, and local government. In 2008, CCIG produced a report, Oregon’s Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change. The 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 to determine the most important climate-related risks to the state and make recommendations for how the state could prepare for those risks. In response, the state published the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework in December 2010 (“2010 Framework”).

The 2010 Framework 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.

In 2007, Governor Kulongoski signed Oregon House Bill (HB) 3543, “Global Warming Actions,” which called for many actions related to mitigating the causes of climate change, including establishing greenhouse gas reduction goals for the state and a Global Warming Commission. In addition, HB 3543 created the Oregon Climate Research Institute at Oregon University to facilitate research on climate change and its effects on natural and human systems in Oregon and to provide state and local governments with informational and technical support to develop climate change policies and programs. HB 3543 also required the Institute to assess, at least once every two years, the state of climate change science and the likely effects of climate change to the state. In 2010, the institute released the first Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR). Subsequent versions of OCAR have been released in accordance with HB 3543, with the most recent, the Third OCAR, in 2017.

The 2010 Framework and the 2010 OCAR were developed in parallel with and are intended to complement one another. Specifically, 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. Conversely, the 2010 Framework 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.

 

These pages highlight the progress Oregon is making in implementing the goals set forth in the 2010 Framework. Other resources from the Adaptation Clearinghouse, which have been developed and adopted to help Delaware prepare for the impacts of climate change, are featured in the chart below.

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

 

(Research last updated: June 25, 2018).

 
State Agency Action Overview
Local Support Overview
 
 

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 House Bill 3543: Global Warming Actions Law and Governance June 2007

State Agency Plans

Resource Name Sector(s) Covered Date
Oregon 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy Coastal, Fish and fisheries, Land management and conservation, Water resources December 2017
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 2015 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Forestry, Land management and conservation, Land use and built environment, Water resources, Wildlife September 24, 2015
Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy Biodiversity and ecosystems, Land management and conservation, Land use and built environment, Public health, Water infrastructure, Water resources August 2, 2012
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
Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR3) Assessments January 2017
Oregon Climate and Health Social Vulnerability Assessment Assessments October 2015
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options Study for Oregon Assessments December 2014
Risk Communication Toolkit for Flooding in Oregon Education and Outreach 2014
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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