Climate Adaptation Plans

What’s Your Climate Resilience Moon Shot?

At a recent “Challenges and Opportunities of Private Sector Climate Resilience” conference convened by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Interamerican Development Bank in Cartagena, Colombia, I moderated a panel of three of the world’s resilience experts and posed this clinching question: What is your resilience moon shot.

Their answers proved to be as diverse as their backgrounds – and the rest of us better be ready to implement them:

·      Emilie Mazzacurati, founder and CEO of the award-winning Four Twenty Seven climate consultancy (one of two firms worldwide exclusively adaptation-focused), responded in keeping with her leading-edge analysis, research and strategy work. Her resilience moon shot? A climate adaptation unit. “We need a measure of resilience that allows the market to see progress over time,” she maintained.

·      Eric Kaufman, indefatigable head of the Natural Resilience Foundation to establish financing mechanisms for public resilience projects such as Staten Island’s New York Wheel project, offered: densification of Orlando with all of Southern Florida’s residents safely located on higher ground and the rest of the land-turned-to-sea becoming a glorious water park.

·      Dale Sands, senior vice president and Global Director, Metro and Adaptation Services for engineering giant AECOM and lead of such game-changing projects as the UN Disaster Reduction Department (UNISDR), favors a risk-sharing mechanism for small businesses. It would be based on insights gleaned from AECOM’s survey of 208 New Orleans small businesses. 

I will reveal my climate adaptation moon shot as I launch Climate Resilience, a consulting firm helping corporate and local government leaders to incorporate climate adaptation into their value chains. 

What’s your resilience moon shot?

Asking the Climate Question: How to Create a Climate Adaptation Plan

Asking the Climate Question: How to Create  a Climate Adaptation Plan
So, let’s save ourselves some time and use not only public resources but the example of a public process to ensure we are climate resilient.
Here are five steps to climate resiliency with excellent city resources to enhance your company’s preparedness:  
1.    Review local climate-change impact projections.
2.    Identify relevant vulnerabilities.
(Chicago’s are extreme heat, extreme precipitation, ecosystem changes. New York’s includes inundation.)
3. Prepare an economic risk analysis.
4.    Create adaptation strategies.
5.    Use a short- and medium-term plan that:
a.    Focuses on existing adaptation.
b.    Considers, especially, adaptations that also mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
c.    Sets as priorities adaptations with a collateral improvement to your bottom line and your
employees' quality of life.