California Unveils Updated Climate Adaptation Strategy

This week, the Newsom Administration launched the state’s Climate Adaptation Strategy outlining an all-hands-on-deck approach to building climate resilience across California. The Climate Adaptation Strategy identifies six key priorities to drive resilience actions throughout the state:

  • Strengthen protections for climate-vulnerable communities
  • Bolster public health and safety efforts to protect against increasing climate risks
  • Build a climate-resilient economy
  • Accelerate nature-based climate solutions and strengthen climate resilience of natural systems
  • Make decisions based on the best available climate science
  • Partner and collaborate to leverage resources

The strategy brings together nearly 150 climate adaptation actions from existing state plans and strategies and, for the first time, introduces success metrics and timeframes for each action. The strategy has also been developed to guide and link several sector-based efforts already underway to address climate-driven threats and connects region-based efforts across the state.

The Climate Adaptation Strategy is being made available through an interactive website rather than a traditional hard copy report. The website will provide an ongoing hub for information on climate resilience and will be updated to track progress and adjustments.

The Climate Adaptation Strategy must be updated every three years pursuant to state law. It has been developed through a range of public input guided by leaders from across the Newsom Administration.

The full Climate Adaptation Strategy is available here. Additional information from the Governor’s Office is available here.