Union of Concerned Scientists publishes Toward Resilience: A Framework and Principles for Science-Based Adaptation

The Union of Concerned Scientists has developed a climate resilience framework and set of 15 adaptation principles for use by decision makers, practitioners, and citizens engaged in adaptation work.

UntitledWe live in a warming world, with growing threats from climate change, and in an innovative world, where the opportunities for creative responses continually grow. But the window of opportunity to avoid dangerous changes to our climate is closing quickly. Climate adaptation is needed on an unprecedented scale. How can we proceed swiftly, but with appropriate care? How can decision makers put their limited resources to best use, formulating policies and funding programs that are likely to be sound and effective in an uncertain future?

The climate resilience framework describes how climate adaptation and mitigation are intrinsically linked and how, together, they create resilience. The adaptation principles are grounded in science and committed to equity. Together, the framework and principles are meant to be durable and flexible enough to be used in a wide variety of contexts. UCS will update these periodically, as practitioners of adaptation learn and share new lessons.

Read the full framework here.

Please feel free to share with others, and if you have questions or feedback, please direct them to the corresponding author, Erika Spanger-Siegfried, at esiegfried@ucsusa.org.