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Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities: A Special Edition for Recreational Professionals in Port Communities

Photo: Kayakers in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Photo courtesy of The Duluth Experience

October 25-26, 2017
Location: TBA in Duluth

Cost $30

Registration will be opened in early September, 2017

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Coastal communities increasingly realize the need for adaptation strategies, but many are unsure where to begin. This intensive and interactive course provides participants with thorough grounding and practical skills to incorporate adaptation strategies into planning processes.

An emphasis on outdoor recreation planning will make this training especially relevant to the Twin Ports.

Class time will be provided to practice applying what you learn. Opportunities for local collaboration and next steps are emphasized through discussion, participant activities, and local speakers and examples.

Continuing education credits have been applied for through the American Planning Association and the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

This course will show you how to:

  • Apply the basic elements of an adaptation planning framework to organize future preparedness efforts
  • Translate climate science into impacts on local community assets with special attention to outdoor recreation assets
  • Practice a qualitative approach to scope and compile a vulnerability assessment, and describe how to apply the results
  • Identify, compare, and prioritize locally relevant adaptation strategies and actions
  • Describe implementation options for different strategies
  • Recognize the importance of stakeholder involvement in adaptation planning and demonstrate the applicability of engagement processes and tools

More on Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities from NOAA: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/climate-adaptation.html

Course Topics

Getting Started
Trainers introduce the adaptation planning framework that provides the foundation of the training. Participants will:

  • Learn about others in the room and their work in outdoor recreation
  • Gain a better understanding of climate adaptation
  • Discuss what local circumstances might be present to support or hinder adaptation efforts
  • Brainstorm key community assets
  • Identify relevant stakeholders to engage for assets being discussed

Climate and Impacts
Local experts share the latest science on the regional climate trends, observations, and projections for the future. Trainers discuss the role uncertainty can play in adaptation planning, and how scenario planning is a useful tool in moving beyond the challenges of making decisions in light of unknowns. Participants will:

  • Discuss their own observations of changes in the physical environment
  • Apply information on climate impacts to an outdoor recreational asset of their choice
  • Describe the potential consequences of climate stressors to the resilience of the community

Assessing Vulnerability
A local speaker will share their experience with vulnerability assessments. Trainers introduce the basic components of vulnerability, the range of assessment types, and how assessments support the planning process. Participants will:

  • Develop a plan for conducting a vulnerability assessment for an asset of their choice
  • Learn about different sources and types of vulnerability for assets across sectors
  • Work through a qualitative vulnerability assessment in a collaborative setting
  • Discuss how to use the information gathered in an assessment to begin considering adaptation actions

Strategies and Actions
A local speaker will share insights from their experience in developing and implementing adaptation strategies and actions. Participants will:

  • Learn about of a variety of adaptation strategies used by coastal communities
  • Identify adaptation strategies for specific outdoor recreational assets
  • Describe factors that contribute to the feasibility of strategies

Selecting and Implementing
Trainers share examples of methods used for analyzing and prioritizing adaptation actions, as well as key components of implementation plans. Participants will:

  • Assess and prioritize the list of actions developed in an earlier activity using selected criteria
  • Develop an implementation plan for an adaptation strategy
  • Share commitments for applying what they've learned to future efforts of adaptation

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