Georgetown Climate Center at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum

April 16, 2019

The 4th National Adaptation Forum took place April 23 - 25 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Georgetown Climate Center adaptation team lead several sessions and provided networking opportunities throughout the Forum. Below is an overview of the events at which GCC staff presented. For more details, visit the National Adaptation Forum website for the full Forum agenda. 

Tuesday, April 23

Adapting Across Scales: Learning from Regional Adaptation Practices 

GCC Institute Associate Annie Bennett will moderated a panel exploring lessons from regional adaptation efforts, drawing on the experiences and perspectives of regional climate collaboratives working on equitable adaptation, rural resilience, collective advocacy, and other issues. 

Climate Tools Cafe

Jessica Grannis and Kelly Cruce demonstrated the features of GCC's online library of adaptation and resilience resources, the Adaptation Clearinghouse, and shared GCC's work with our partners to connect the Clearinghouse with the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange and the US Climate Resilience Toolkit. Institute Associates Katie Spidalieri and Tiffany Ganthier also talked with attendees about two forthcoming online toolkits that GCC is developing: a Managed Retreat Toolkit that will synthesize best practices for facilitating relocation away from vulnerable coastal areas, and an Equitable Adaptation Toolkit that will focus on advancing equitable adaptation in cities. 

Wednesday, April 24

Uncharted Waters: Legal Risks and Pathways for Climate Adaptation

Adaptation Program Director Jessica Grannis will joined speakers from the Conservation Law Foundation and the Rhode Island Sea Grant program to discuss legal considerations and approaches for promoting climate adaptation at the local level.

Institute Associate Katie Spidalieri led a discussion on how policymakers can incorporate community and natural resource considerations into managed retreat strategies. The panel included state, local, and nongovernmental practitioners who work to balance the needs of people and natural resources in decisions to relocate away from vulnerable areas confronted by sea-level rise, flooding, and land-loss.

Building Resilience with More Holistic Transportation Decision-making

Institute Associate Annie Bennett led a panel discussion on building community and natural resilience through transportation decision-making, bringing in perspectives from research, government, and practitioners.

Ten Years of Adaptation Progress in the States: What Have We Learned and What's Next?

Attendees joined Adaptation Program Director Jessica Grannis and representatives from CA, FL, MD, MN, and NY to discuss lessons learned from 10 years of adaptation work at the state level. GCC's state adaptation progress tracking tool provides detailed information about how states are taking action to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Community Ownership, Community Resiliency: Moving Equitable Adaptation Into Action

GCC Climate Fellow Jennifer Li led a panel with community members, policymakers, and community-based organizations to discuss the creation of inclusive processes that give frontline communities opportunities to shape adaptation decision-making from planning through implementation. Panelists shared specific policy ideas and proposals emerging from community-driven planning processes, as well as pathways and challenges cities and other communities face in implementing adaptation solutions that also advance equity and address other community priorities.