All states, regardless of their outlook on climate change, have programs and agencies dedicated to the different ways in which climate change affects regions. Whether they relate to emergency management, public health, or the environment, each state has people and programs with which to engage to build relationships, as well as to be a resource for helping them advance their work.
For anyone thinking about doing regional adaptation and resilience work, I can’t over emphasize the value of building a relationship with your state agencies. The State can’t talk with everyone working on this issue in the state, so it’s great to have a regional network to connect with that can help inform our perspective, policy and approach.
– Michael McCormick, Senior Planner and Advisor, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Changes to state policy can directly benefit regions. Also, state recognition can benefit a regional collaborative. In states without a strong regulatory framework, a regional adaptation collaborative could identify key state partners and determine how best to move these partners to act. For example, in the Bay Area, adaptation stakeholders work with the California Coastal Commission, Cal-OES, NOAA, U.S. EPA and other state and federal agencies on key climate issues.
As the federal government engages with aspects of climate change, a regional collaborative can be a strong partner and it makes good sense to engage with appropriate federal agencies (see list below). Engagement with federal agencies can help a regional adaptation collaborative establish trust and legitimacy.