The National Adaptation Forum is a biannual event for adaptation professionals to innovate, network, and focus on established and emerging climate adaptation issues. Bringing together practitioners with a variety of experiences and expertise, the overall goal of the 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.
The October 2022 Forum was sponsoring organization EcoAdapt’s fifth. Despite a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum attracted over 800 participants to Baltimore, MD. The CO2 Foundation was pleased to offer support for this gathering, specifically to offer an extreme weather track on its robust program.
Below are some of the many topics covered in the extreme weather track:
- Coordination of Effort Across Governments to Address Extreme Heat
- Too Hot to Work: Using Climate Science Research to Advocate for Outdoor Worker Protections
- Americans’ willingness to prepare for “climate change” versus “extreme weather”
- Inclusive Insurance for Climate Disasters
- Planning For The Future: Best Practices For Using Climate Projections in Adaptation Planning
- Adaptation on the Frontline: 100 Communities Fighting for Resilience
- Resilience Hubs: A Collaborative Approach to Support Neighborhood-Based Resilience in Marginalized Communities
- Rural Resilience Matters! Overcome Obstacles, Accelerate & Scale-Up
- Supporting FEMA’s Efforts for Place-based and Targeted Technical Assistance for Community Resilience
- Stop Asking Us to Be Resilient: Community Perspectives on the Resilience Myth
As a cross-disciplinary convening, the Forum brings 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: managers, planners, and service providers who focus on built environments and ecosystems. And the Forum doesn’t stop at the biannual in-person convening.
Starting April 5, EcoAdapt will host a spring speaker series on extreme weather topics, again with CO2 Foundation support. This year’s Virtual Forum events will occur every other week through May 17. As the schedule is finalized for that series, more details will be available on the Virtual Forum Upcoming Events page.