The biennial California Adaptation Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to create resilient communities throughout the state. The forum offers a series of engaging plenaries, sessions, networking opportunities, workshops, and tours to support our transition from adaptation awareness and planning to action.
California Sea Grant is helping California communities to adapt to climate change in a variety of ways, providing research on adaptation options, advice on management in the face of climate change, and outreach. Keep an eye out for California Sea Grant extension specialists and state fellows at the forum, and don't miss the sessions highlighted below.
Monday, August 27
5:00 pm: California Coastal Resilience Network Meetup
Join the California Coastal Resilience Network at Golden Road Brewing (1830 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811) in Sacramento! Close out the first day of the California Adaptation Forum by meeting with fellow network members in this casual beer garden setting. Please feel free to invite others! Please note that guests will be responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks. RSVP here.
Tuesday, August 28
10:15am - 11:30am: Partnerships To Build Resilience Along California’s Coast And Ocean
California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Carrie Pomeroy will speak in this session, joining representatives from NGOs and the Ocean Protection Council. This session will highlight how ocean acidification, sea-level rise, harmful algal blooms, and loss of coastal habitat are impacting communities and the natural and built environment, and highlight case studies of partnerships working to identify adaptive solutions. Participants will learn about critical components of successful collaboration and coalition building.
4:25pm - 5:40 pm: Financing Natural Infrastructure on California’s Coast
State Fellow Julie Gonzalez, who is working at the the California State Coastal Conservancy, is a panelist in this session focused on financing opportunities for coastal wetlands.
Wednesday, August 29
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Expanding Coastal Networks to Accelerate Adaptation and Incorporate Equity
State Fellow Carrie Boyle, also based at the California State Coastal Conservancy, will join a panel to discuss the existing resilience and adaptation networks within California, how to strengthen these and bring a greater focus on equity.