White House Releases New Agenda on Priority Strategies for Improving Climate Change Resilience

2014-10-10T12:32:39+00:00 October 10, 2014|
The Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda addresses resilience to climate change in the U.S. (Credit: The White House)

(Click to enlarge) The Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda addresses resilience to climate change in the U.S. (Credit: The White House)

This week, the White House revealed its Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda, laying out four strategies to address climate resiliency – 1) foster climate-resilient lands and waters, 2) manage and enhance U.S. carbon sinks, 3) enhance community preparedness and resilience by utilizing and sustaining natural resources, and 4) modernize Federal programs, investments, and delivery of services to build resilience and enhance sequestration of biological carbon.

This plan was prepared by the Climate and Natural Resources Working Group (CNRWG), which arose from the President’s Executive Order 13653, “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”

In conjunction with this release, Sea Grant announced $15.9 million in grants to support projects addressing resiliency of coastal communities and economies. In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers publicized information on the Initial Vulnerability Analysis of its Comprehensive Evaluation of Projects with Respect to Sea Level Change (CESL). CESL utilizes Geographic Information Systems to assess the vulnerability of the Corps’ projects to the impacts of sea-level change.

To read the White House’s fact sheet, click here.