About the Forum

The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support for a better tomorrow. We invite you to join the convening of adaptation practitioners from around the country focused on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action. Join our mailing list today to stay informed!

The Forum includes opportunities for professional development through formal training sessions, facilitated practitioner presentations, and informal exchange of information in the form of in-person gatherings and online. The Forum affords adaptation practitioners the opportunity to learn more about how to make their work climate-smart, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network to be climate savvy in all that they do.

We are at a pivotal moment where we see risk and vulnerability to the impacts of a changing climate entering into the discourse of decision-makers at all levels of policy and natural resource management. Managers working at a local, state, regional, and federal level are beginning to respond to climate impacts. Engaged members of civil society are organizing their communities to improve futures for all people and mobilizing action to protect the places they care about. However, the field of climate adaptation is still in its infancy and too many are reinventing instead of innovating. With climate jeopardizing society’s past, present, and future efforts to thrive, the need for practical climate adaptation solutions has never been greater. 

The goal of the National Adaptation Forum is to provide guidance through the steps of the adaptation process, as well as share the spectrum of adaptation activities in the United States and around the world today. Training sessions, symposiums, and webinars aim to be cross-sectoral in an effort to demonstrate the integrated nature of successful adaptation. As such, they engage multiple perspectives, either across sectors, geographies, or stakeholders (e.g. national, tribal, regional, state, local, private, non-profit, educational).

Our Goals

  1. Provide a professional development opportunity for  adaptation practitioners
  2. Contribute to the development of a community of practice around climate adaptation
  3. Create a space for practitioners to share information, progress, and strategy, building the capacity of the community as a whole and the individual
  4. Support on the ground implementation by providing practitioners with a community  to exchange knowledge of and tools for incorporating climate adaptation into their work

History of the Forum

Timeline of the National Adaptation Forum. The Forum was held in Denver, CO in 2013, St Louis, MO in 2015, St. Paul, MN in 2017, Madison, WI in 2019, and Baltimore, MD in 2022.

The National Adaptation Forum was created by a diverse group of professional adaptation practitioners from the private and public sectors concerned about the need to anticipate and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the Nation’s communities, natural systems and economy in the face of a changing climate, through open participation from actors across the country. 

The 5th National Adaptation Forum will continue to bring together individuals from the wide spectrum of sectors and regions integrating climate adaptation planning into their day-to-day activities. As the Forum has grown, so too has the diversity of participants, we will continue to have practitioners from all 50 states, representing all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, community groups, academia along with International partners from North America and beyond. The Forum will continue the trend of providing a venue for professional development, networking and information sharing through a specialized program comprised of dozens of sessions for an innovative and comprehensive experience.  

The National Adaptation Forum provides a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about how to make their work climate informed, share what they have learned with others, and explore new and innovative adaptation approaches. It is a professional development event that aims to expand the network of all attendees striving to be climate informed in all that they do.

Adaptation Pledge

National Adaptation Forum participants collaborated on the creation of an Adaptation Pledge for everyone to use in our work as a common point of reference in our collective endeavors. We invite you to share this pledge with your partners as a tool for good practice. It is not meant to be a guide to Adaptation Best Practices. Rather it is meant to provide a philosophical framework within or upon which we can work toward better long-term outcomes for all.