ICLEI USA recently launched its Climate Resilient Communities Program (CRC), which provides a range of adaptation resources tailored to the needs of local government. Those resources include the Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT), as well as information on the science of climate change, guidance on vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning, case studies of adaptation, as well as training and networking for local government staff.
The CRC will be implemented initially in eight cities and counties (and presumably ICLEI would be happy to see a long list of local governments follow suit):
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Lee County, Florida
- Miami-Dade County, Florida
- San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
- Tucson, Arizona
Interestingly, ICLEI USA's CRC follows on the heels of ICLEI Oceania's Adaptation and Resilient Communities Program (ARC), which was launched in Australia back in 2008. Much like the CRC, the ARC offered an adaptation toolkit for local government, structured around a risk management paradigm. As usual, Australia appears to be the international trailblazer with respect to adaptation. Nevertheless, it's nice to see the USA finally starting to take up the issue, and ICLEI providing some leadership in this regard.