Lima made headlines this year when it announced it was restoring pre-Incan canals high in the Andes to address its water shortage. That, however, is just one small part of a nationwide shift towards “green infrastructure” that blends the natural ecosystem of the high Andes with man-made technologies old and new. To make it happen, the country first had to change the way it pays for clean water.
REPORT RELEASED TODAY!
MFPP along with many other groups participated as advisors in the this new Kresge sponsored report on the state of adaptation practice. I encourage you to review it! Share it. I’ve attached the full report and the summary.
Communities in the U.S. are undertaking a rich array of climate adaptation actions that are making them more resilient to climate impacts. These actions provide models and lessons that can immediately help other communities better protect themselves from climate risks like flooding, heat waves, wildfires, and severe storms. In aggregate, these activities demonstrate that more U.S. communities are attempting to prepare for climate risks than previously thought.
This research project was motivated by the immense challenges posed by climate change, the need for communities to adapt to those challenges, and the opportunity to learn from communities that have already begun adapting. Through this project, we identified many actions that U.S. communities have taken to prepare for and build resilience to climate variability, extreme events, and climate change.
Nancy Gilliam, Ph.D.
Model Forest Policy Program & Climate Solutions University
From the report's Foreword:
Experience shows that when paired with traditional infrastructure, natural infrastructure—wetlands and forests—can reduce water management costs and deliver other cultural and economic benefits coveted by twenty-first century communities, like recreational green spaces and fish and wildlife habitats. For many communities, the biggest challenge to adopting these green approaches is understanding how to finance and implement them. Fortunately, a handful of projects across the country offers helpful insights to landowners and managers, utilities, and community groups.
Do sustainable farmland investments deliver financial, environmental and social returns? With the rise of impact investing, there has been a jump in investment strategies promoting sustainable agriculture. This research attempts to understand the strategies and performance of a subset of farmland investors focused on sustainability. The project included a literature review and a series of 15 interviews with leaders in the field of farmland investing. It appears that sustainable farmland investment managers are generally able to deliver financial, environmental and social returns. However, due to limited information, we are unable to define to what extent those returns are attributable to specific sustainable agriculture activities. The initial findings point to success with organic conversion, water efficiency, and grass-fed beef. This report explores investment performance, value drivers, management models, public incentives, case studies, project challenges, financial risks, and next steps for the industry. It is our hope that this report will serve as a basis for continued progress in the field of sustainable farmland investing.
A growing body of literature examines the vulnerability, risk, resilience, and adaptation of indigenous peoples to climate change. This synthesis of literature brings together research pertaining to the impacts of climate change on sovereignty, culture, health, and economies that are currently being experienced by Alaska Native and American Indian tribes and other indigenous communities in the United States. The knowledge and science of how climate change impacts are affecting indigenous peoples contributes to the development of policies, plans, and programs for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This report defines and describes the key frameworks that inform indigenous understandings of climate change impacts and pathways for adaptation and mitigation, namely, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, culture and cultural identity, and indigenous community health indicators. It also provides a comprehensive synthesis of climate knowledge, science, and strategies that indigenous communities are exploring, as well as an understanding of the gaps in research on these issues. This literature synthesis is intended to make a contribution to future efforts such as the 4th National Climate Assessment, while serving as a resource for future research, tribal and agency climate initiatives, and policy development.
“The Puyallup people are a river people, we are a salmon people. The loss of salmon because of climate change and the temperatures rising in the rivers and the loss of habitat along the river banks really does impact us as Puyallup people.” Annette Bryan Puyallup Tribe
“Our environment was rich in the wealth of natural resources, providing all our needs, allowing us to live healthy happy lives!”
This website has been developed by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education within a project “A Networked System of Open Indigenous Knowledge Resources for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Polar Regions” funded by the UNESCO Intersectoral Platform “UNESCO’s contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation”. It contains multimedia modules with interdisciplinary complex of indigenous knowledge related to mitigation and adaptation to environmental changes in the regions that have similar climate and face similar environmental problems in the Far North of Russia. 2016.
President Obama has taken unprecedented steps to enhance preparedness for the impacts of climate change across the United States. Today we are building upon this legacy by releasing a Resilience Opportunities Report that outlines key opportunities for advancing climate resilience moving forward. We are also announcing a new initiative, Resilience Dialogues, an online, consultative service to support communities in their resilience planning, and a commitment from the higher-education community to ensure that the next generation of professionals are prepared to design and build for extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change.