Vulnerabilities and risks of greatest concern were identified through impact statements and summarized as central challenges in the previous step. Agree on the potential climate-related impacts to address in subsequent action steps.
Having identified the greatest vulnerabilities and risks, the practitioner may consider how to focus subsequent planning on the most urgent needs. Options encompass objectives, strategies, and actions to build resilience to high-priority vulnerabilities and risks. Resilience objectives should be consistent with the vision and goals of the community. Broad resilience objectives then provide a template for refining strategies and actions in subsequent stages.
- Gather community input on resilience objectives and areas of focus
- Align resilience actions with grassroots efforts
- Agree on resources needed for continued, equitable engagement in the future
The practitioner can facilitate the development of resilience objectives after reviewing goals and challenges. The resilience objectives should answer the question, “In light of the challenges identified and the community’s long-term vision, what does the community want to achieve?”
Compile relevant strategies or actions from existing plans and look for opportunities where existing projects, programs, and plans can be augmented, modified, or leveraged to achieve one or more resilience objectives.
Facilitate dialogue to ensure team members and all stakeholders agree that selected strategies, actions, and potential projects are likely to address their primary concerns.
Rachel Jacobson (American Society of Adaptation Professionals) provides an overview of the Ready to Fund Resilience Toolkit.
Arsum Pathak and Emily Donahue (National Wildlife Federation) explore how to embed nature-based solutions throughout each of the Steps to Resilience. This approach highlights natural and community assets throughout the entire climate adaptation planning process.
- Do strategies address community-defined, highest-priority climate-related impacts?
- Are actions linked to the vulnerabilities they are meant to address?
- Are expected outcomes clearly identified and linked to those actions?