The Local Government Commission and the State of California are organizing the first California Adaptation Forum in the state capital, to be held August 19 – 20, 2014. This two-day forum will build off a successful National Adaptation Forum held in Colorado in 2013. The attendance of many California leaders there underscored the need for a California-focused event, which will be held every other year to complement the biennial national conference.
Important Dates / Milestones
- February 20 – Call for Session Proposals Opens
- March 20 – Call for Session Proposals Closes
- May – Registration Opens
- August 19 – 20 – California Adaptation Forum
Who Will Be There
We expect the Forum to attract and engage a diverse mix of over 600 policymakers, practitioners, and leaders. The audience will include elected officials, public and private sector leaders, nonprofits, and researchers addressing public health, energy, water, emergency management, agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and coastal management.
Why You Should Attend
The California Adaptation Forum can help you be more effective in your work: What challenges is your neighborhood, community, city or region currently facing? With sessions falling under seven different cross-cutting tracks, we are confident that you will be able to discover and attend numerous sessions that will help you address your community’s most pressing challenges, no matter your discipline or background.
The California Adaptation Forum will provide a valuable opportunity for face-to-face networking: In addition to the cutting-edge tools and resources, best practices, current research, and ideas that you will learn about during the breakout sessions, the networking opportunities will be invaluable. The event will provide the opportunity for in-person networking with climate change adaptation leaders in a dynamic and inspirational learning environment.
The California Adaptation Forum will bring you together with multiple disciplines, helping to eliminate single-sector thinking: The forum will offer a diversity of participants who cross sector lines to share experiences, insights, inspiration, valuable implementation tools and strategies. The forum will also allow you to explore how partnerships can provide the political will, technical expertise, and the most effective action plans necessary to overcome inertia and change business as usual.