About the Forum

The California Adaptation Forum (CAF) is a biennial conference hosted by the Local Government Commission, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to accelerate climate adaptation efforts and create equitable and resilient communities throughout the state.

This year, we’re trying something new. CAF 2021 aims to facilitate connections and identify action-oriented solutions by organizing a set of track-based working groups, each of which will address a key challenge that California’s adaptation community faces. This 6-month virtual series will include webinars and networking opportunities, but the real magic happens in the working groups.

Forum History

The biennial California Adaptation Forum gathers the adaptation community from across California and beyond to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to create resilient communities and tackle our state’s most pressing climate change challenges. The Forum offers a series of engaging plenaries, sessions, workshops, tours, networking opportunities, and more to support our transition from adaptation awareness and planning to action on the ground.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the in person 2020 California Adaptation was postponed. During 2020, in partnership with Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) CAF held a 3-part webinar series that engaged 1400 leaders and practitioners from across the state.

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 2021 audience will include elected officials, public and private sector leaders, tribal representatives, community-based organizations and nonprofits, and researchers from a range of sectors.

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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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