In the latest episode of our ASAP Mentorship Program, we learn that a common theme that has come out of this mentorship pair’s discussions is the need for creative, out of the box thinking for solving complex problems. Vidya Balasubramanyam (Mentee) is a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow working in New Hampshire’s coastal communities. She leads the Smart Shorelines project to inform the siting and socialization of living shorelines in New Hampshire. Josh Foster (Mentor) is an adaptation consultant and active ASAP Board Member who has over 25 years of experience working on climate change science, policy, and adaptation in the federal and non-profit sectors.
Contributed by Gwen Griffith, Model Forest Policy Program
(a shorter version of this story appears in our ASAP member newsletter June 28, 2018)
“Rural communities are highly dependent upon natural resources that are affected by climate change. These communities also face particular obstacles in responding to climate change that increase their vulnerability to its impacts.” National Climate Assessment 2014
Across America, less than 20% of the population (~ 60 million) lives on 95% of the land that we call “rural” America. They are the vital stewards of the sparsely populated landscapes of small towns, watersheds, forests, grasslands, deserts, and farms. These lands provide nature’s services that 80% of Americans depend on for air, water, food, fiber, habitat, and recreation. Despite the importance of managing rural lands for climate resilience, underserved rural communities lack the capacity to tackle climate impacts on their own.
Recognizing this critical challenge, the Model Forest Policy Program is embarking on a new approach to meeting the particular needs of rural adaptation with the Resilient Rural America Project (RRAP), developed in collaboration with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), EcoAdapt, Geos Institute, and the NOAA Climate Program Office and funded by the Climate Resilience Fund and Harmonic International, Inc.
The overarching goal is to accelerate rural climate action by strengthening the ability of adaptation professionals to meet the needs of underserved rural communities and operate from a more sustainable funding stream. The project objective is to co-produce and beta test an innovative adaptation training module that enables and motivates rural leaders to take action on a specific, priority adaptation strategy. Using a co-production model, the training content and delivery methods are developed in consultation with rural users and adaptation service providers. The selection of the training module topic depends on input from adaptation professionals and rural users to understand their priorities and needs. The resulting training module will be a time efficient process that fits the particular needs of rural leaders. The first step in user engagement is the rural resilience service provider survey, which is available at this survey link. We strongly encourage climate professionals of all disciplines to take this survey now and contribute to the design and success of the project. The survey findings and training module will be a resource for all adaptation professionals and rural leaders. Thank you for taking this survey and contributing to rural resilience where ever you are!
ASAP members are invited to participate in a rapid review of the (1) best practices, (2) needs, (3) and existing resources across the climate adaptation field in the United States. We are preparing the initial review of resources and insights on best practices and needs ahead of the National Adaptation Forum. During the Forum we will provide an opportunity to further refine the resource lists and identify best practices and needs. We hope that you will participate in this review in one or all of the following manners:
Join ASAP members from across the country as we meet for our first in-person ASAP Member Meeting! The ASAP Member Meeting will kick off a week of adaptation learning and networking events at the National Adaptation Forum. Our Member Meeting will provide ASAP members a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the adaptation practice across the country, network with peers from the public, private and academic sectors, and take a leadership role in shaping and advancing the priorities of the field and our organization. All attendees will receive a Member Handbook and Guide to the National Adaptation Forum, which includes an outline of the ASAP 2020 Vision and a first draft of the ASAP Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics.
Click here to view the recording of this webinar from January 11, 2017.
The American Society for Adaptation Professionals and Companies Vs Climate Change are teaming up to bring you a sensational panel exploring how leading corporation are taking action on climate change. Join us as Joyce Coffee hosts leaders from Standard and Poors, AECOM, and Swiss RE in a discussion on how they are integrating climate change adaptation into their strategic planning, business optimization, and client engagement approaches.
Speakers will include:
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Director of Insurance Ratings, Standard & Poor’s
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Hosted by ASAP Board Member:
Joyce Coffee, LEED AP
Founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting
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Click here to register for this conversation, happening next Wednesday, January 11 from 1:00-2:00pm (ET).
Joyce Coffee, Joel Smith, Steve Nicholas, Ira Feldman, and others share their on-the-ground impressions of COP21 and what it means for adaptation and resilience. A number of ASAP members spent some time in Paris during the COP and will be sharing some reflections from those days on the ground. There will then be plenty of time for conversation and discussion.
View snapshots for the 2017 Prize for Progress winner and runner up.