The Grand Adaptation Challenge

CAF 2021: The Grand Adaptation Challenge

Join adaptation practitioners from across the state of California for an interactive, virtual California Adaptation Forum! The Local Government Commission (LGC), in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, is organizing CAF 2021 as a 6-month virtual series (May-October) focused on leveraging community expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing California’s adaptation community.

We have seen considerable progress throughout the state towards building resilience to the impacts of climate change – from increasing our understanding of climate risks and vulnerabilities to implementing real projects on the ground. To meet the scale of the challenge, we would like to know what you think are the biggest questions that we face as a community of practice?

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. The series will launch and close with virtual plenary sessions, but the real magic happens in the working groups.  Each track will consist of two webinars and three working sessions to address their adaptation challenge. Tracks will be facilitated by volunteers from multidisciplinary backgrounds within the climate adaptation space.

With this series, we hope to bring together community leaders, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and thought leaders to connect, collaborate, and determine our shared path towards a more resilient and equitable future.

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    CAF Series Kickoff Plenary

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    Intro Webinar: All Tracks

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    Working Session 1: All Tracks

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    Working Session 2: All Tracks

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    Working Session 3: All Tracks

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    Outcomes Webinar: All Tracks

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    CAF Series Closing Plenary

Potential Tracks

The forum will be organized through a set of track-based working groups to address key challenges facing the adaptation community. The following are potential tracks for this process.

Advancing Equitable Adaptation with Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and Vulnerable Communities
Holistic Solutions for Present and Future Challenges
Integrated Land-Use Planning for Climate-Safe Housing
Landscape-Scale Strategies for Ecosystem Resilience
Measuring Climate Adaptation Process and Outcomes
Public-Private Partnerships for Implementation
Regional Alignment for Coordinated Action
Reliable and Climate-Smart Infrastructure
Towards a Just and Resilient Recovery
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