Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Offsetting ennui by supporting those in the adaptation trenches this Giving Tuesday!

It’s Giving Tuesday! Where you can help EcoAdapt make adaptation happen!

Not to be confused with Voting Tuesday, which might mean less adaptation if we don’t all work together. 

To help offset the impact of the election on adaptation progress, consider making a gift to EcoAdapt, your friends in the adaptation trenches. We’re here when you need us, but right now, we need you. #AdaptationTrenches #GivingTuesday #EcoAdapt

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

EcoAdapt and Partners Win Honorable Mention for North-Central California Project

We are happy to announce that one of our projects, the North-Central California Coast and Ocean Climate-Smart Adaptation Project, just received a Broad Partnership Honorable Mention as part of the 2016 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources. Thank you to the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group and to all of our partners at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, National Park Service, and Point Blue Conservation Science.

From the award website:
"Coordinated by NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, the planning team for the project Climate-Smart Adaptation for the North-central California Coast and Ocean has demonstrated exceptional collaboration and ingenuity in advancing the region's understanding of climate impacts and vulnerabilities to coastal and marine ecosystems by developing a Vulnerability Assessment Report and advancing an adaptation planning process to address those vulnerabilities."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

EcoAdapt is Recipient of 2015 Business Achievement Award for Adaptation

Every year, the Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ) recognizes outstanding performance in the climate change field with their Business Achievement Awards. EcoAdapt is pleased to announce that we were chosen to receive the 2015 award for Advancing Best Practices: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience.
Nominations for the 2015 CCBJ Business Achievement Awards were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Final awards were determined by a committee of CCBJ staff and CCBJ editorial advisory board members.

EcoAdapt was recognized for providing valuable support, training and assistance to local adaptation practitioners in the public and private sectors. Program and project accomplishments from 2015 that garnered attention include:
  • Continued research and outreach through the State of Adaptation initiative, producing case studies and synthesizing lessons learned through interviews with and surveys of adaptation practitioners. In 2015, these surveys included assessing adaptation efforts in the Southeast and U.S. Caribbean water resources and U.S. marine fisheries management.
  • Continued management and curation of the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKEx.org);
  • Serving as primary sponsor and organizer of the May 2015 National Adaptation Forum in St. Louis, MO;
  • Working with SeaPlan, the City of Boston, and The Boston Harbor Association to develop an adaptation indicators framework to track and evaluate climate-related progress within the city; and
  • Establishing and running the Available Science Assessment Project, which aims to apply scientific knowledge to increase the effectiveness of adaptation actions, with its first test case examining the role of fire treatments in Northwest national forests and communities.

For more information on the other winners of the Climate Change Business Awards, visit http://ebionline.org/business-achievement-awards.

The 2015 CCBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XIV in San Diego on March 9-11, 2016. The Environmental Industry Summit is an annual three-day executive retreat hosted by EBI Inc. Lead Scientist, Rachel M. Gregg, will formally accept the award in person at this event.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What does the Paris Climate Agreement have to do with....fisheries and food security?

By Alex Score

The Paris Climate Agreement signed in December 2015, also known as COP21, included prioritizing food security because of the imminent threats posed by climate change to global food and fisheries production. This is the first international climate change agreement that identifies food security as a priority, and highlights the need to increase resilience by prioritizing adaptation and mitigation strategies for global agriculture and fisheries. Generally, there is still a lack of understanding of how climate change will impact food and fish production. In addition, there is some uncertainty on how climate change will interact with non-climatic stressors, such as pollution, coastal land use changes, and overfishing. 

EcoAdapt is working to increase understanding and capacity for U.S. fisheries management in the context of climate change and ocean acidification. We are currently gathering existing information and developing a fisheries climate adaptation online dashboard to help managers make climate-informed decisions. The dashboard will include regional U.S. impacts, global and U.S. fisheries adaptation case studies, and resources in a Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Fisheries Management to help build capacity of fisheries managers and ultimately make fisheries decisions more resilient to climate change. The dashboard can help other managers worldwide by providing easily accessible information on climate impacts to fisheries and climate adaptation solutions, examples, and resources. The dashboard will be powered by the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What does the Paris Climate Agreement have to do with....the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan?

By Lara Hansen

Bainbridge Island, WA is a long way from COP21 but climate change is not just a conversation for Paris. The agreement from the City of Light gave us the foundation for a path forward, some aspiration and some new commitment. However it does not give us the whole solution to the global climate conundrum we’ve created for ourselves. Solutions will need to be at the global level, like those we’ve started in Paris, but they will also need to be at the local level, like those people are developing in towns such as Bainbridge Island.

This fall while negotiators were preparing their positions and balancing their willingness to compromise, citizens of Bainbridge Island have been discussing the update of the city's Comprehensive Plan. Just like everywhere else that has such a plan, they are considering how to frame their collective desires around issues like transportation, housing, land use, water, utilities, the economy, and the environment. But they are doing something a little different. The community is also considering how climate change will affect their island home and how the Comprehensive Plan could be made more durable in the face of that change, so they can get better long-term outcomes despite their vulnerabilities.

Just like we don't know for certain if the Paris Agreement will be enough to get us on the right path, we'll have to watch what happens on Bainbridge Island to know if it's successful. So stay tuned...and in the meantime, get your own community working to develop climate-informed actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plan for the effects of climate change.