The 6th National Adaptation Forum will be held in Saint Paul, Minnesota from May 14-16, 2024. Event-specific information can be found by following the links in the yellow menu above. Make sure you’re subscribed to the Forum mailing list to receive all the latest updates.

About the Forum

The National Adaptation Forum is a bi-annual convening for adaptation professionals to innovate, network, and focus on established and emerging climate adaptation issues of the day. The Forum provides opportunities for professional development through training sessions, facilitated presentations and panels, and formal and informal networking sessions.

At its core, the Forum is cross-disciplinary, bringing together practitioners from a variety of sectors, spanning natural, built, and social systems. Participants include representatives from federal, state and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, scientists, and frontline community groups. Participants are managers, planners, and service providers. They focus on built environments and ecosystems. The Forum program covers over 25 adaptation-related topics and 12 geographic regions across the U.S. and beyond. We encourage the submission of unique ideas and attendance from adaptation-adjacent sectors – it’s only by working together will we solve the challenges posed by climate change. 

The overall goal of the National Adaptation Forum is to move beyond adaptation awareness into adaptation action by highlighting the breadth of adaptation activities occurring in the United States and around the world. We aim to bring together practitioners with a variety of experiences and expertise, so as a field, we spend more time innovating rather than reinventing. 

Our Goals

  1. Provide a professional development opportunity for adaptation practitioners
  2. Contribute to the development of a community of practice around climate adaptation
  3. Create a space for practitioners to share information, progress, and strategy, building the capacity of the community as a whole and its individuals
  4. Support on the ground implementation by providing practitioners with a community  to exchange knowledge of and tools for incorporating climate adaptation into their work

History of the Forum

Timeline of the National Adaptation Forum. The Forum was held in Denver, CO in 2013, St Louis, MO in 2015, St. Paul, MN in 2017, Madison, WI in 2019, and Baltimore, MD in 2022.

The National Adaptation Forum was created by a diverse group of professional adaptation practitioners from the private and public sector concerned about the need to anticipate and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the Nation’s communities, natural systems, and economy in the face of a changing climate, through open participation from practitioners across the country. 

Since 2015, EcoAdapt has hosted five in-person Forums across the country, drawing in over 4,250 participants from a wide spectrum of sectors and regions who are integrating climate adaptation into their day-to-day activities. In the time between in-person events, EcoAdapt hosts virtual National Adaptation Forum series to showcase different adaptation-related topics.

Average sector participation from 2015 to 2022 at the National Adaptation Forum.

The Forum is coordinated by EcoAdapt, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps to build the field of climate change adaptation and offers adaptation support, training, and assistance to make planning and management outcomes less vulnerable to climate change. The Forum would not be possible without our sponsors, whose support reflects the community spirit of the adaptation field.

As the field of climate adaptation grows and changes, the Forum does as well. We aim to meet the needs of the field while remaining a reliable venue for professional development, networking, and information sharing.

Adaptation Pledge

In 2015, National Adaptation Forum participants collaborated on the creation of an Adaptation Pledge for everyone to use in our work as a common point of reference in our collective endeavors. We invite you to share this pledge with your partners as a tool for good practice. It is not meant to be a guide to adaptation best practices. Rather it is meant to provide a philosophical framework within or upon which we can work toward better long-term outcomes for all.