Technical Advisory Council

The ICARP Technical Advisory Council facilitates the development of holistic, complimentary strategies that increase California’s resilience to climate change, advance equity and environmental justice, and benefit both greenhouse gas emissions reductions and adaptation efforts.

Council Objectives

On October 8 2015, SB 246 was signed into law, creating the Technical Advisory Council (TAC). The TAC shall be comprised of members from a range of disciplines, in order to provide scientific and technical support, and from regional and local governments and entities. The advisory council shall support the office’s goals to facilitate coordination among state, regional, and local agency efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change by:

  • Developing tools and guidance
  • Promoting and coordinating state agency support for local and regional efforts
  • Informing state-led programs, including state planning processes, grant programs, and guideline development, to better reflect the goals, efforts and challenges faced by local and regional entities pursuing adaptation, preparedness and resilience

Adaptation Vision and Principles

All Californians thrive in the face of a changing climate. Leading with innovation, California meets the challenge of climate change by taking bold actions to protect our economy, our quality of life, and all people. The state’s most vulnerable communities are prioritized in these actions. Working across all levels of government, the state is prepared for both gradual changes and extreme events. Climate change adaptation and mitigation is standard practice in government and business throughout the state. California meets these goals with urgency, while achieving the following long-term outcomes:

  • All people and communities respond to changing average conditions, shocks, and stresses in a manner that minimizes risks to public health, safety, and economic disruption and maximizes equity and protection of the most vulnerable.
  • Natural systems adjust and maintain functioning ecosystems in the face of change.
  • Infrastructure and built systems withstand changing conditions and shocks, including changes in climate, while continuing to provide essential services.

Principles

  1. Prioritize integrated climate actions, those that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate impacts, as well as actions that provide multiple benefits.
  2. Prioritize actions that promote equity, foster community resilience, and protect the most vulnerable.* Explicitly include communities that are disproportionately vulnerable to climate impacts.
  3. Prioritize natural and green infrastructure solutions to enhance and protect natural resources, as well as urban environments. Preserve and restore ecological systems (or engineered systems that use ecological processes) that enhance natural system functions, services, and quality and that reduce risk, including but not limited to actions that improve water and food security, habitat for fish and wildlife, coastal resources, human health, recreation and jobs.
  4. Avoid maladaptation by making decisions that do not worsen the situation or transfer the challenge from one area, sector, or social group to another. Identify and take all opportunities to prepare for climate change in all planning and investment decisions.
  5. Base all planning, policy, and investment decisions on thebest-available science, including local and traditional knowledge, including consideration of future climate conditions out to 2050 and 2100, and beyond.
  6. Employ adaptive and flexible governance approaches by utilizing collaborative partnership across scales and between sectors to accelerate effective problem solving. Promote mitigation and adaptation actions at the regional and landscape scales.
  7. Take immediate actions to reduce present and near future (within 20 years) climate change risks for all Californians; do so while also thinking in the long term and responding to continual changes in climate, ecology, and economics using adaptive management that incorporates regular monitoring.

Announcements

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is pleased to announce the establishment of the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program (ICARP) Technical Advisory Council (TAC) through the recent appointment of its members. The Council is comprised of 17 public members and five state agency representatives. The Council, established through Senate Bill 246 (Wieckowski, 2015), brings together local governments, practitioners, scientists and community leaders to help coordinate activities that better prepare California for the impacts of a changing climate. The TAC supports OPR in its goal to facilitate coordination among state, regional and local adaptation and resiliency efforts, with a focus on opportunities to support local implementation actions that improve the quality of life for present and future generations. The Technical Advisory Council will meet quarterly, with the first public meeting on March 27th in Sacramento, California.

References

* The ICARP Technical Advisory Council is working to define “vulnerable” within the context of implementation action and metrics; the definition will be added to the adopted vision and principles once completed.