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Practices in Adaptation and Resilience: A Resource Guide for Local Leaders


This Resource Guide represents a synthesis of the best available information about the ways in which experts and practitioners across the country are working to meet the challenges of adaptation planning. The Resource Guide is intended to help practitioners in cities and metropolitan regions resolve local issues, by showcasing promising practices in climate adaptation and resilience, and by providing efficient access to some of the very best information and resources that are available.

The Resource Guide is not an exhaustive compilation of available information—a near-impossible task given the growing volume of international studies, reports, websites, books and blogs on the topic of climate resilience. Still, this document reflects an intensive effort to identify, compile, vet and synthesize useful information on innovative policies, programs and practices being deployed throughout the country.

The Resource Guide includes: 
• Case Studies that discuss how various local government practitioners have made progress on climate adaptation planning, including risk assessment, integration of climate concerns in planning, getting and keeping commitment to adaptation, and cross-jurisdictional collaboration.

• Resource lists by topic that direct practitioners toward the topic-specific sources of information—studies, reports, articles, and websites—that we believe are most likely to help them improve, expand and accelerate their adaptation and resilience efforts.


Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, Assessment, Climate, Community Assessment, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Health Education, Natural Disaster, Needs Assessment, Transportation Planning, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Institute for Sustainable Communities





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By Richard Hicks
Some applicability for LHD's, but usefulness somewhat limited

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