|Climate Change Adaptation - California|
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Climate Change History
In 2007, California completed a climate action plan titled “Proposed Early Actions to Mitigate Climate Change in California.” Additional planning work was aided by the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS). As the title suggests, this document focuses on mitigation: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It does not include adaptation as a concern. California received some attention for its automotive standard as well. This standard has since been adopted by several other states.
Current & Future Action
At the end of 2009, California released its Climate Adaptation Strategy. This document outlines the threats facing California, in particular that of water shortages. In addition to making explicit mention of wetlands, the plan has an extensive section on ecoservices and their importance for the State. The California State Water Board is working to create a new wetland definition, delineation, and assessment policy which will protect wetlands in light of climate change. This effort is in its second year, and is expected to complete in 2011.
Pilot Programs/Current Studies
Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change – A Strategy for California (2010)
For More Information
Update July 2012: Climate Vulnerability & Adaptation Study for California; Legal Analysis of Barriers to Adaptation for California’s Water Sector, July 2012
Update April 2012: CA has posted its Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Water Resources, which includes tidal wetlands. http://resources.ca.gov/climate_adaptation/docs/Statewide_Adaptation_
The climate change portal for California is found at: http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/
The California Adaptation Plan is available from: http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/adaptation/index.html
For more information see the Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning (2011)
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