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Pre-Forum activities are an excellent way for you and your organization to get even more value out of the National Adaptation Forum. In 2015, the Forum hosted nine Pre-Forum events; in 2017, we are going to more than double this number. Please click on the links below to learn about the Pre-Forum activities taking place on Monday May 8, 2017.
Climate Adaptation Planning for Emergency Management
Where: Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul
When: 8:00AM-5:00PM CT.
About: Learn the principles of climate adaptation planning for emergency management and first response processes. Enhance your understanding about the impact of weather hazards on critical infrastructure and key resources, how climate change projects will affect those impacts. Increase your knowledge about the common weather hazards, climate variability, and climate change alongside risk assessment paradigms. Register HERE.
Organization: The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)
About: ASAP is the sole membership society dedicated to supporting and connecting adaptation practitioners, while advancing innovation across the field of practice. Join us for our All-Member Meeting from 12-4:00pm. Meet members of the ASAP community, join action teams to advance our adaptation mission, and hear updates on recent accomplishments. Register Today!
Open to the Public: No, to ASAP Members only
Organization: Broward County SE Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
About: Convening of regional entities partnering on resilience.
Open to the Public: No, Invite only
Organization: Institute for Sustainable Communities
About: A workshop for community leaders interested in learning how solar and energy storage can be used to support community resilience and emergency preparedness. This is an opportunity to learn best practices for planning and implementing these projects from national experts and leading cities.
Open to the Public: Pre-registeration required register here.
Organization: NOAA RISA Network
About: This meeting will explore the future of regional climate assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Sustained National Climate Assessment, gain insight from current activities, and discuss best practices for capacity-building across regions.
Open to the Public: Yes. Pre-registration required, register here.
Organization: NOAA Sea Grant Network
About: This is a professional development and networking event for members of the Sea Grant Network.
Open to the public: No
Organization: US Army Corp of Engineers
About: This day-long workshop introduces "Practical Playfulness" as a strategy for facilitating the collaborative exploration of complex multi-criterion decision scenarios to support action for adaptation to global change. Participants will hear presentations from practitioners, engage in discussion sessions, work through a real-world role-playing "multi-hazard tournament", and have the opportunity to discuss their own adaptation challenges with experts.
Open to the public: Pre-registeration required register here
Traveling to a climate change meeting is an existential challenge. This year’s beneficiary is the Mississippi Park Connection, an area nonprofit, collaborating with the City of Saint Paul Forestry Program and the Science Museum of Minnesota for a preforum, gravel bed, nurseryraised tree planting adaptation project. Replacement trees adapted for a changing climate are being planted to replace climate change compromised ash trees. The new trees will provide ambient cooling and carbon storage benefits to downtown St. Paul's Upper Landing Park. Forum participants can volunteer for this event and also donate funds to cover the $5,000 still needed to make this project a reality. To learn more about the project see case study on "Saint Paul's Gravel Bed Nursery Project: Maximing the Benefits of Urban Trees". You can volunteer by selecting the volunteer opportunity while registering for the Forum or e-mailing info@NationalAdaptationForum.org.
This is a volunteer event with the National Park Service and Mississippi Park Connection.
DATE: Monday, May 8th TIME: 1p-3:30p
PARKING and DIRECTIONS: This event will take place at the Science Museum of MN. Parking is available in the science museum's ramp. We will meet at street level near the main entrance.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring a full water bottle for drinking. If you are diabetic or have other special medical needs, please bring the necessary supplies and notify your group leader on the day of the event. We carry a first aid kit and are within easy access of major thoroughfares. Volunteers should bring their own sun screen, sun glasses, sweatshirts and tick/mosquito repellent. Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service will provide all tools and gloves. Please also bring this filled out VOLUNTEER SERVICE AGREEMENT. You must complete this form to participate.
WHAT TO WEAR: Wear long pants and sturdy boots or shoes. Volunteers are encouraged to wear layers. The work that we are doing is quite physical so you will likely warm up through the event. Volunteers can bring their own gloves or wear ones that are provided for their use that day. Please wear appropriate clothing to get wet and/or muddy.
RAIN OR SHINE: The work that we do is outdoors – this means we may encounter varying weather conditions like cold, wind, rain or heat. Our policy is to work rain or shine and we will continue with an event as long as safe conditions allow. The National Park Service will make a determination to postpone if severe weather conditions (like thunderstorms) arise.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: A gravel bed is an irrigated bed or pile of gravel to place and safely hold bare root or washed containerized stock for up to 3-6 months. Doing this dramatically increases fibrous root volume, decreasing transplant shock and increasing survivability of the plant. Since bare root stock is typically only available during certain times of year this also allows for staged plantings throughout the year. We are installing a gravel bed in front of the science museum for maximum visibility and to use for trees that we will plant in St. Paul's natural areas. Your group will be helping to harvest and plant the trees from the bed. We look forward to a rewarding day restoring our National Park on the Mississippi River. Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to working with you!
WHERE: Science Museum of Minnesota
Join us for a hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour to welcome participants to the National Adaptation Forum. This is a time to reconnect with old friends while making new connections. The very popular Monday Meet and Greet event will now be augmented by a new Adaptation Awards Ceremony May 8th at the InterContinental. Our partners representing regional (Minnesota Climate Adapatation Partners), National, (Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, American Society of Adaptation Professionals) and international (United Nations Environment Programme/Global Adaptation Network) awards will be given to recipients identified by these organizations. This award ceremony is a first for the Forum and will elevate our partners’ efforts to a national level.
When: Monday May 8th, 5:30-8:00 PM (Awards Ceremony starts at 6:00 PM allowing all time to grab a bite and beverage)
Where: InterContinental Hotel 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul