Lessons in Resilience: The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership

January 18, 2017

This case study on the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) is part of a series of six case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to explore lessons that cities across the country are learning as they work together across jurisdictional lines on climate action.

Sierra CAMP is the first rural-focused collaborative within ARCCA, spanning the 22-county Sierra Nevada-Southern Cascade region in California. The collaborative is coordinated by Sierra Business Council and brings together local and county governments and regional agencies in the Sierras, federal government agencies, state conservancies, businesses, nonprofits, and several individuals.

This case study explores how Sierra CAMP has worked to strengthen urban-rural partnerships to build support for investment in forest and watershed health. It also discusses how some of the collaborative’s members work to engage with state agencies on climate policy affecting Sierra communities and natural resources, by providing analysis and comment letters on proposed plans, policies, and legislation. Sierra CAMP members also helped the state successfully develop a winning proposal for addressing rural resilience challenges through the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

Each case study in this series explores the roles that these collaboratives are playing to support climate action in their regions, how the collaboratives are helping to align resources and policies among participating jurisdictions, and how they are structured and funded. A synthesis report also explores lessons that can be learned by comparing the efforts of each collaborative on climate policy in their regions.