Climate Change

Forward looking cities, regions and Indigenous communities are taking steps to understand and prepare for upcoming climate changes. EcoPlan provides a suite of services to help these communities identify and understand climate vulnerabilities and risks and to identify potential solutions and strategies to become more resilient in the face of coming challenges including increased flooding from sea level rise, health challenges from rising temperatures, and infrastructure vulnerability from climate change related hazards.

As lead authors of one of the UN’s principal climate planning tools,  “Planning for Climate Change,” we know that climate change adaptation can require difficult decisions and trade-offs  that require both sound technical analysis and deep community engagement. EcoPlan provides overall climate change planning process support, as well as a depth of experience in engagement and structured decision making, and we regularly coordinate the work of other experts as needed.

We have a range of climate change related experience including: 

• Vulnerability analysis
• Community engagement and participatory decision-making
• Adaptation strategy development
• Community education and awareness building
• Climate risk communications

 Interested in training or capacity building? Contact us.

Our Approach

Driven by Community Values: Every community is different. We start by listening to community members to find out what is important. Then, we use the values that we identify through this process as a framework to prioritize actions that are appropriate, feasible, and broadly supported. 

Based on Local Knowledge: We work with local people who know their communities and regions and are well positioned to generate practical ideas that make the best use of local assets. We then tap into, organize, and evaluate this local knowledge, using methods and tools from structured decision making to focus investment and energy where it will have the strongest impact.

Expert Supported: We step in where expertise is needed by providing rigorous analysis, cutting-edge research, innovative ideas and over 20 years of experience in the field. We have found that top-down, expert-directed planning approaches work only in unique circumstances and typically do not produce the results communities and clients need for success.

Pragmatic and Effective: Great strategies are strategies that get implemented. We hate to see strategies that are nothing more than laundry lists gathering dust on a shelf. Our approach ensures that the people who will be implementing the plan are involved throughout its development, and that the plan lays out the implementation architecture (i.e., who will be doing what, when). We can also provide supplementary services during implementation, such as project management and coaching. We call this “surge capacity”.