Adapting across scales: Learning from regional adaptation practices

Adapting across scales: Learning from regional adaptation practices

Annie Bennett
Georgetown Climate Center
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Concurrent Sessions 1
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Over the past decade, regional climate collaboratives have proven to be effective models for catalyzing and advancing climate adaptation efforts at the sub-state level. At the same time, those efforts are providing deeper insight on challenges and considerations relevant to adaptation practice across a range of scales and geographies.

This session will draw on the experiences and perspectives of regional climate collaboratives from across the country to share what we are learning about adaptation practice at a regional scale as we strive to build connections, expand stakeholder engagement, and develop cohesive cross-jurisdictional adaptation solutions. These experiences include:

• Moving beyond the networking and planning phases to implementing larger-scale, cross-jurisdictional solutions;
• Addressing equity at the regional scale to ensure that the benefits of enhanced resilience accrue to frontline communities without displacing them;
• Better integrating economic resilience and public/private sector partnerships into adaptation planning and implementation;
• Harnessing the collective power of local jurisdictions to speak with a unified voice, particularly when advocating to the state; and
• Identifying, funding, and implementing adaptation solutions in rural communities.

Following presentations on how these different issues are being considered in diverse regions from across the U.S., practitioners will have an opportunity to dive deeper into these issues, share firsthand experiences, and explore opportunities to advance regional solutions in their own jurisdictions at both local and regional scales. Participants will engage in facilitated discussion on effective strategies for tackling challenges at different scales through collective action.


King County (Washington)
Jamie Stroble, King County, WA
Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Partnership (Maryland)
Brian Ambrette, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
Jason Liechty, Broward County
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Massachusetts)
Marc Draisen, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)