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"Planning for Climate Change" Workshop
A customizable workshop for planners and other coastal decision-makers.

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"Planning for Climate Change" was piloted in two locations in March 2009 in Washington State. It was geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Reserves around the country could customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. The workshops were well-received by the eighty-five planners who collectively attended, and the planning team felt that the curriculum accomplished the goals of laying a foundation and addressing the question of "Now What?"

If you are with another agency or institution, you are welcome to offer this workshop. All of the materials, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video are available here for your use. We recommend that you think of this workshop as a “roadmap” which can be used in different ways. You can follow the route closely by using these materials, or simply use the materials as a starting point for giving you a general direction. It will be important for you to pull together a team of experts who can highlight the climate impacts expected in your region and speak about local planning issues and case studies.

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While the workshop lays a foundation in science, it primarily focuses on actions that can be taken to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. A foundational component of this workshop was the authoritative guidebook "Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments," co-authored by two of the original instructors of this workshop. The guidebook is available online.

Partners for this project included the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington Sea Grant, the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group, and the King County Executive Office. The project was funded by a grant from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and administered through the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association.

Last Updated on: Thursday, October 01, 2009
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