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Advancing Adaptation Throughout California

The California Adaptation Forum (CAF) is a biennial conference hosted by CivicWell, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, offering a series of engaging plenaries, sessions, networking opportunities, workshops, and tours to support our transition from adaptation awareness and planning to action. CAF aims to gather California’s adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to accelerate climate adaptation efforts and create equitable and resilient communities throughout the state.

Forum History

CAF 2021 focused on The Grand Adaptation Challenge, aimed at exploring solutions to common challenges faced by California’s adaptation community. This 5-month virtual series, taking place June to October 2021, featured three cross-cutting tracks: 1) Advancing Equitable Adaptation, 2) Integrated Planning for Holistic Solutions, and 3) Catalyzing Meaningful Adaptation Action. Hundreds of adaptation practitioners tuned into informative webinars and engaged in interactive workshops to connect, brainstorm, and identify action-oriented solutions.

Engaging a Multi-Disciplinary Audience

A significant factor in the success of the California Adaptation Forum is its appeal to leaders from a diverse range of sectors and disciplines. As with previous forums, we anticipate our 2023 audience will include local, regional, state, Tribal, and federal agency staff and officials, community-based organizations and nonprofits, academic institutions and researchers, and consultants and private sector leaders working in and across a range of issue areas.

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    Air Quality
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    Agriculture
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    Biodiversity and Habitat Conservation
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    Forestry
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    Equity and Justice
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    Emergency Management
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    Energy
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    Ocean and Coastal Management
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    Planning and Urban Design
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    Public Health
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    Transportation
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    Water
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