Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Implementing the National Climate Resilience Framework: Recommendations from the Practitioner Community

Monday, May 13, 2024 to Thursday, May 16
St. Paul, MN


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In September 2023 the U.S. Government released its first ever National Climate Resilience Framework, establishing a vision for a climate resilient nation and guidance for resilience-related activities and investments by the federal government and its partners.

At the National Adaptation Forum, Lydia Olander, program director, and Liz Losos, executive in residence, will co-host a panel on Wednesday, May 15 as organizers of the Resilience Roadmap on the National Climate Resilience Framework.

To make this framework actionable, coordination needs to occur between all levels of government as well as with non-governmental partners from many different sectors. This session will focus on how implementation of the National Resilience Framework is taking shape, and will source recommendations from participants on priority areas and activities. It will include an overview of the Framework by some of its authors from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, followed by a panel of representatives from nonprofits that have worked with Tribes and agencies to provide insight into building stronger cross-sector partnerships to implement the National Resilience Framework and scale adaptation impact. Panelists will be drawn from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund (CAF) grantees that have successfully implemented adaptation projects in partnership with government agencies. The session will close with breakouts where participants will share their experience and offer recommendations on how to make the Framework actionable. Recommendations from the breakouts will contribute to an effort to compile and propose priorities for the implementation of the Framework.


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  • Lydia Olander, Duke University, Nicholas Institute
  • Elizabeth Tully, Climate Resilience Fund
  • Maria Janowiak, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USFS
  • Rebecca Quiñonez-Piñón, National Wildlife Federation
  • Anna Waugh, Mississippi Parks Connection