Interagency Adaptation Planning Efforts

The following efforts outline current interagency strategies and plans for implementing the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force's recommendations for developing national adaptation strategies for foreign assistance programs and cross-cutting issues. These programs and issues span water resources management, coastal and ocean communities and ecosystems, and protection of fish, wildlife, and plants. Agencies whose missions or programs intersect with these cross-cutting national adaptation plans should coordinate their adaptation plans with these efforts as appropriate.

National Action Plan to Strengthen Climate Change Adaptation for Freshwater Resources: The Task Force report calls for the development of a national action plan to ensure an effective, well-coordinated, and sustained approach to adapt the Nation's freshwater resources to a changing climate. The Task Force's Water Resources Working Group is leading the development of this adaptation plan in coordination with other interagency water organizations. Based on the current timeline, the adaptation plan is expected to be complete by July 2011.

Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen the Resilience of Coastal, Ocean, and Great Lakes Communities and Ecosystems: On July 19, 2010, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a National Ocean Policy that adopted the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. Under the Executive Order, the interagency National Ocean Council is tasked with developing a strategic action plan to "strengthen resiliency of coastal communities and marine and Great Lakes environments and their abilities to adapt to climate change impacts and ocean acidification." The National Ocean Council formed an interagency team to develop the strategic action plan by November 2011.

National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy: In a Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Act Conference Report, Congress specifically called for the development of a National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. CEQ, DOI (with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as lead), and NOAA are leading an intergovernmental effort to develop a national, government-wide strategy that provides a unified approach for action by governmental and non-governmental organizations to reduce the impacts of climate change on the Nation's species, habitats, and ecological processes. The adaptation strategy is scheduled to be completed by July 2012.

Federal Government-wide Strategy for U.S. Foreign Assistance Programs: The Task Force called on the Department of State, USAID, and the Department of the Treasury, working closely with other relevant Federal agencies, to develop a Federal Government-wide strategy that builds on and enhances on-going adaptation efforts, supports the core principles and objectives of the President's new Global Development Policy, and coordinates resources and expertise across the Federal Government to support international adaptation initiatives. The National Security Council, with support from the Council on Environmental Quality, is leading an interagency process to develop an international adaptation finance strategy that supports the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development and outlines a strategic framework for deploying U. S. investments in international adaptation. The adaptation finance strategy is slated for completion in Spring 2011.