Helping Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Helping Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change explores the need and opportunities for ecosystem-based adaptation. Coastal communities and decision makers urgently need to develop pragmatic, cost effective strategies to protect both natural and human communities from the dramatic changes that are already underway due to climate change.

How Does Climate Change Affect Land Trusts?

Global temperatures interact with nearly all aspects of our climate, from the amount and timing of precipitation to storm and wind intensity. These effects — known as climate change impacts — are happening faster than in previous periods of climate change. These shifts can present management challenges to the conservation community.

How is the Land Trust Community Adapting to Address Climate Change Impacts?

Numerous land trusts have already incorporated elements of climate adaptation planning into their management strategies. In general, a climate change adaptation plan identifies and assesses impacts that are likely to affect the planning area, develops goals and actions to best minimize these impacts, and establishes a process to implement those actions. Climate change adaptation actions can often fulfill other management goals, such as sustainable development and risk reduction, and can therefore be incorporated into existing decision-making processes.

How is the Land Trust Community Working to Mitigate Climate Change?

Land trusts are already mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration, leading efficiency innovations by example as well as flexible easement language, and making socially responsible investments. By raising awareness and calling for individual and community climate action, land trusts can play a critical role in guiding future land use planning in their region.

How to Consider Climate Change in Coastal Conservation

How to Consider Climate Change in Coastal Conservation is an online, self-guided resource that provides a step-by-step approach, worksheets, and curated resources to create a new conservation plan or update an existing one that incorporates climate change information.

How To Talk About Climate Change

This report from the Land Trust Alliance and the Open Space Institute aims to provide helpful guidance on how to connect about this issue, and information to help land trusts respond to the greatest challenge of our time.

Human Activities

Fossil fuel intensive human activities, which include transportation and energy production, land uses such as development and agriculture, and industrial production have been linked to global increases in greenhouse gases.

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience is a 1-day course that introduces participants to green infrastructure concepts that play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards.

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

Natural and nature-based green infrastructure practices can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards and climate change. In this introductory course, participants review fundamental concepts and examine various practices. Local speakers share their expertise and the ways these techniques have been integrated into local planning processes.

Introduction to Stakeholder Participation

NOAA’s Introduction to Stakeholder Participation provides important principles and commonly used techniques for engaging stakeholders in coastal resource management, including conservation. While focused on coastal resources, some of the techniques addressed in this publication are broadly applicable outreach approaches.

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