Preparing States for a Changing Climate: Low-cost strategies for state climate change adaptation planning


American Rivers presents a webcast on climate change adaptation planning that provides an in-depth look at recently released adaptation frameworks from Maryland and Oregon. The webcast will examine how Maryland and Oregon plan to reduce vulnerability to climate change in a budget constrained environment. The states will discuss how they developed their adaptation plans and how they are prioritizing strategies for implemAmerican Rivers presents a webcast on climate change adaptation planning that provides an in-depth look at recently released adaptation frameworks from Maryland and Oregon. The webcast will examine how Maryland and Oregon plan to reduce vulnerability to climate change in a budget constrained environment. The states will discuss how they developed their adaptation plans and how they are prioritizing strategies for implementation.  Representatives from state agencies directly involved in these planning processes will highlight key elements from their states’ adaptation planning frameworks, discuss lessons learned in the process, and examine the challenges that lay ahead in implementing the recommendations.

This event will build on recent EPA webcasts that have focused on the process of identifying climate change vulnerabilities and beginning planning efforts. In this event, we will move beyond a focus on process to examine the most cost effective and flexible management practices and policy changes for building resilience over the long term. Following the presentations, there will be a discussion of how lessons from ongoing adaptation planning efforts can lead to more effective responses to climate change in the future. The webcast will focus on the needs of state and local government employees with an interest in climate adaptation planning.

Agenda

State Adaptation Planning: Overview
Andrew Fahlund, Senior Vice President for Conservation, American Rivers

Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change
Zoë Johnson, Program Manager for Climate Change Policy, Office for a Sustainable Future, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework
Jeff Weber, Coastal Conservation Coordinator, Oregon Coastal Management Program

Q&A and Discussion

Bios

Andrew Fahlund
Mr. Fahlund was appointed Vice President for Conservation for American Rivers in 2004. Leading a staff of 50, his department is responsible for developing, advocating, and implementing innovative policy and science tools to protect and restore healthy rivers and the communities that depend upon them.  He and his team are particularly focused on ensuring that both human and natural communities are prepared and resilient in the face of a changing climate. Previously, Mr. Fahlund directed the organization’s fieldwork and national policy efforts to modify the operation of dams and remove those that no longer make sense.  Mr. Fahlund has also focused on water supply policy with a specific emphasis on interstate compacts and water disputes.  He has served on several governmental advisory groups, testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well as numerous federal agencies, and participated in various policy forums and negotiations addressing water policy in the United States. 

Mr. Fahlund received his M.S. in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment with honors. 

Zoë P. Johnson
Zoë is the Program Manager for Climate Change Policy with the Office for a Sustainable Future at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  She has been actively involved in climate change planning and policy initiatives in the State of Maryland since 1998 and is the author of various reports and publications on climate change and sea level rise adaptation.  She serves as key staff to Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change Adaptation and Response Working Group.  The Working Group released Phase I of Maryland’s Strategy for Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Storms in 2008; and its Phase II Strategy: Building Societal, Economic and Ecologic Resilience in January 2011.  Using the Phase I and II Strategies as a guide, she is currently pursuing the development of state-level policy, as well as the execution of on-the-ground projects to implement a suite of natural resource adaptation priorities.  
 
Zoë holds a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Western Washington University (1992) and a M.M.A. in Coastal and Marine Policy from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington (1998). 
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Jeff Weber
Mr. Weber was a land use planner and zoning administrator for Tillamook County in Oregon before working as a land use planner in an engineering firm. Mr. Weber joined the staff of the Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) in 1987 to complete a project on managing Oregon’s estuaries and estuarine resources. Since then, Mr. Weber has provided the OCMP and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development with research and expertise on a range of environmental management issues. Areas of expertise include estuary habitat classification and estuary management; coastal shoreland management; land use and water quality; wetland and riparian area management; salmon recovery; public access; conservation land acquisition; and climate change adaptation. 

Mr. Weber received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon Honors College in 1977, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 1983, with emphasis on environmental planning and land use, western water law, energy policy, hydrology and geomorphology.