Partner Focus: NH Climate Adaptation Workgroup

206PREP is proud to join our partners from multiple organizations as part of the New Hampshire Climate Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW). NHCAW has a busy spring ahead so we thought it’d be a great time for you to check in and see what they’re up to.

 First up is the fantastic NHCAW Blog. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. The blog is the go-to spot to find out the latest happenings, research and stories related to climate change and extreme weather preparedness in coastal New Hampshire. Just recently, it featured a great story on a Floodplain Walking Tour hosted by the City of Portsmouth. Using narrative and lots of photos the CAW Blog is a great spot to get informed and stay involved.

Another great tool of the NHCAW is the quarterly email newsletter “The Crow’s Nest”. The newsletter goes in depth on the resources, events, research and climate change-related information for citizens and community leaders. The most recent e-newsletter came out in mid-February and is chock full of events and happenings. Sign up so you don’t miss the Spring edition.

Speaking of events, this spring NHCAW is involved in two important and valuable conferences. The third annual New Hampshire Climate Summit is happening on April 10th at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland. This event is gearing up to provide an open dialogue focused on what communities, researchers, and practitioners need in order to keep moving forward with adapting to a changing climate. This full-day Summit is shaping up to be a highly interactive event.  Registration is now open –  Register Online for the Climate Summit. This event is not to be missed!

And in May, join in on a regionally focused conversation – “Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference” is being held May 19-21, 2014 at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.  This event is designed for local planners and decision makers to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts. This pragmatic, hands-on, interactive conference offers workshops on how to:

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments
  • Protect natural and societal mechanisms that maintain resilience
  • Frame and create plans that allow a community to adapt
  • Build community support to implement adaptive responses
  • Effectively use the government in responding to climate change
  • Network with schools, community planners and leaders working toward solving similar problems.

Register here. 

Visit Antioch’s Local Solutions Conference’s website for more information. There are travel scholarships available for municipal teams.

Lastly, if you’re a tweeter NHCAW has a great Twitter stream sharing info and stories in 140 characters or less; not an easy feat. Check it out and follow along at NHCAW Twitter (@NHCAW).

The NHCAW is an active, energetic and committed group that invites all citizens and community members to join in the important and valuable work of climate change preparedness. 

Get Informed! Get Involved!

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.