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Local Government Adaptation Assistance Program

BCDC staff has taken a lead in developing an adaptation assistance program (AAP) to provide information and resources Bay Area local and regional governments to assist them in planning for and adapting to the impacts of a changing climate.  These outreach efforts primarily focus on addressing the needs of land use planning, public works, park and open space districts, flood control districts and wastewater authorities, as well as resource-based managers.

The AAP aims to help San Francisco Bay Area communities achieve coordinated and region-wide adaptation to climate change impacts by building capacity within local governments to assess climate change issues, and to plan for and implement adaptation strategies.

BCDC has identified five broad program components for accomplishing this objective:

  • building partnerships that cut across jurisdictional boundaries, both geographic and sectoral; 
  • public outreach to build community and institutional support for adaptation planning;
  • education to help planners and managers develop knowledge and skills for adaptation planning;
  • creation of a “one-stop shop” website and information clearinghouse; and
  • development and dissemination of strategies to improve the region’s resilience and adaptive capacity.

Briefing to the Commission on the Local Government Adaptation Assistance Program [ adobe acrodot 1.2MB ]( March 3, 2011 )

Case Studies

Bay Area Climate Change Adaptation Workshops and Trainings

Links to materials from Bay Area educational events on adaptation planning led or co-sponsored by BCDC.

Online Training Opportunities for Climate Change Planning

Resources for Bay Area Local Governments


Coastal Training Program, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (SF NERR)

NOAA Coastal Services Center (NOAA CSC)

Center for Ocean Solutions

ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability

National Marine Sanctuaries

Gulf of the Farallones

Association of Bay Area Governments

California Coastal Commission


Sara Polgar
Coastal Planner
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
50 California Street, Suite 2600
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 352-3654