Draft Adaptation Action Plans with a New Sector: Land Use and Community Development
California released its first comprehensive climate adaptation plan in 2009 and updated it with the 2014 report, Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk. As its next step, CNRA has now released the Draft Implementation Action Plans. They describe how California will build the resilience of residents, communities, and ecosystems to emerging climate change impacts. Forty-five authors contributed to action plans covering ten sectors. The plans represent a blueprint for actions recommended in the 2014 report, as called for in Governor Brownâ€™s Executive Order B-30-15 (April 2015). Notably, one of the sectors is new, Land Use and Community Development. The sector highlights how integrated local and regional approaches are crucial for building community resilience. CNRA is accepting public comments on the draft plans until November 30, 2015. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AB 1482 and SB 246 Reinforce Coordinated
Two other bills signed into law will help California pursue better coordinated efforts to address climate change impacts. SB 246 establishes the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program and calls for the Office of Emergency Services, Office of Planning and Research, and CNRA to coordinate when updating the stateâ€™s adaptation strategy report and the Local Adaptation Planning Guide. AB 1482 requires CNRA to update the stateâ€™s resilience strategy in coordination with other relevant agencies to meet objectives pertaining to climate vulnerabilities. It also directs the Strategic Growth Council to coordinate existing grant programs that address climate change and adaptation across state and local agencies. Together, AB 1482 and SB 246 will help strengthen state and local planning and coordination to better cope with climate change effects.