Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
This guidebook offers a set of procedures to accompany each phase of the Climate Resilience Toolkit's Steps to Resilience.

Investigate Options

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.

Jim Fox (Fernleaf), Karin Rogers (NEMAC)
78 minutes

Key considerations:

  • 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
Review vulnerability and risk findings
(6 minutes)

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.

Define resilience objectives
(7 minutes)

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?”

Research Options
(3.5 minutes)

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.

Ensure options are acceptable in your community
(11 minutes)

Facilitate dialogue to ensure team members and all stakeholders agree that selected strategies, actions, and potential projects are likely to address their primary concerns.

Ready to Fund Resilience Toolkit
(8.5 minutes)

Rachel Jacobson (American Society of Adaptation Professionals) provides an overview of the Ready to Fund Resilience Toolkit.

Incorporating Nature-based Solutions into Community Climate Adaptation Planning
(40 minutes)

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.

Assessment Questions

  • 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?


Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide

Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
Mark Wilbert & Matt Hutchins
6 Sections
45 minutes
Foundational information to consider before you begin your resilience journey.
Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
6 Sections
25 minutes
Coordinate with the community champions to assemble a planning team and establish goals for the project.
Jim Fox, Aashka Patel, Kim Rhodes (Fernleaf)
5 Sections
1 hour
Evaluate community assets and their exposure to climate-related hazards.
Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
6 Sections
35 minutes
Evaluate the vulnerability of community assets by enumerating qualities of sensitivity and adaptive capacity.
Jim Fox (Fernleaf), Karin Rogers (NEMAC)
6 Sections
78 minutes
List options to reduce the greatest climate-related vulnerabilities and risks to vulnerable populations and community assets.
Jim Fox (Fernleaf)
5 Sections
81 minutes
Design an implementation plan for the strategies that are mostly likely to reduce vulnerability and risk.
Jim Fox and Mark Wilbert (Fernleaf)
4 Sections
66 minutes
Implement and communicate the plan. Identify funding sources. Monitor. Iterate.