There is a need to better characterize and promote the notion of community resilience as part of broader adaptation strategies toward a vision that is deeply rooted in climate justice and equity. Various sectors are already implementing climate adaptation programs, but these efforts are often siloed and focus on protecting natural resources or built infrastructure.
Developed by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), the Mapping Resilience report aims to raise the public visibility of the needs of frontline communities within statewide climate adaptation and resilience efforts. The full report contains the following sections:
- Background on communities disproportionately impacted by climate change-related disasters in California and lessons learned from examples across the U.S.;
- Key existing indicators, data, tools, and analytical frameworks for understanding the intersection of climate impacts, health and well-being outcomes, socioeconomic vulnerability, and adaptive capacity factors;
- Major data limitations and knowledge gaps;
- Lessons learned from development and use of indicators in related fields (e.g., public health, environmental justice, and land use); and
- Anticipated uses of indicators to advance key fields and policies, as well as opportunities for working with other nonprofits, academic institutions, and public agencies to advance the development and effective use of useful indicators
Complementing APEN’s research is The Greenlining Institute’s “Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook.” The guidebook serves as an instruction manual on how to make equity real in California’s climate policies, so that resources are directed to those who face the most serious impacts yet have the fewest resources to adapt.