2019 Program Archive: What does successful adaptation look like in your community?

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What does successful adaptation look like in your community?

Dani Boudreau
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
Time Slot: 
Luncheon Sessions Day 2
Session Type: 
Working Group

How do we know actions to adapt to climate change are good, useful, and effective? And because the desired outcome of adaptation may not be apparent for many years, how do we assess progress? Decision-makers and investors need these questions answered because of legitimate concerns over the long-term safety, prosperity, equity, and sustainability of their communities.

The Successful Adaptation Indicators and Metrics (SAIM) project – a collaboration of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Science Collaborative, multiple reserves, and their communities - addressed these challenging questions through interactive community workshops in Alaska, California, Maine, New Jersey, and New York. These discussions explored: (1) what adaptation success means, (2) what social and ecological dimensions need to be considered and how they could be measured, and (3) how to approach tracking progress toward each case’s shared vision.

During this session, participants will learn about the project, and help further develop an adaptation indicator-focused toolkit designed to assist professionals – along the coasts and elsewhere – to define, track, and work toward success.

Session participants will have direct impact on the design and contents of the toolkit by partaking in a group discussion that will address a number of guiding questions, including: (1) what types of adaptation projects do you anticipate using indicators and metrics to show progress and success? (2) How can indicators and metrics be used and by whom? (3) What types of supporting resources would help you develop indicators specific and unique to your efforts?