Welcome to CAPI Adapt!

What is CAPI Adapt?

The CAPI Adaptation project (aka CAPI Adapt) is an optional component to the original CAPI program consisting of two deliverables, a 1) Climate Vulnerability Assessment, and 2) Climate Adaptation Chapter.  The Climate Adaptation may be a chapter in your Climate Action Plan, or a stand-alone Climate Adaptation Plan.

The Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP), ICLEI and the Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) will be providing technical assistance to cohort participants. Municipalities will be examining their assets to determine which are most critical, identifying climate threats to the region to determine which are most serious, and outlining solutions to help protect vulnerable assets. ohort members will be learning from experts in the resiliency field, and other municipal participants, to create plans that are informed by the latest climate science and are highly local in nature. Relevant funding opportunities will be discussed.

CAPI Adapt will begin in January/February 2024 and run for 12 months. It is open to only communities that participated in the initial CAPI program.

What is a Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) and why is it important?

Climate adaptation or resilience begins with understanding hazards posed by a changing climate and identifying community vulnerabilities. The Climate Smart Communities program recommends that local governments complete a CVA as one of the first and most foundational steps in developing an effective strategy for adapting to climate change at the local level.

Assessing local vulnerabilities and risks helps identify and prioritize actions to reduce risks to the community. In conducting a CVA, the local government must consider current and future conditions. For example, in assessing the risk of flooding along tidal coastlines, a community should include conditions associated with projected sea level rise in 2050 and 2100.

What is a Climate Adaptation Plan and why is it important?

The goal of creating a Climate Adaptation Plan is to address vulnerabilities uncovered in your CVA and from past planning gap analyses.  (See PE7 Action: Evaluate Policies for Climate Resilience as recommended preparation for your Climate adaptation planning.) The Climate Adaptation Plan outlines a vision and set of strategies to improve a community’s resilience to climate change based on its local physical, economic, and social vulnerabilities. Strategies will address the vulnerable community assets identified in your CVA.

What is the resource and time commitment to complete these plans?

Time estimates for work completion is difficult to assess. There is some preparatory work recommended in researching similar or related municipal documents, uncovering planning gaps, and analyzing relevant work to date, as well as a public engagement component. On timeframe and resources, Climate Smart Communities writes: “Local governments can anticipate a timeline of approximately six months to one year or more to develop a comprehensive climate adaptation plan.”

Our best estimates for expected time commitment over the 11 month program are (in addition to the current CAPI cohort mitigation meetings):

  • Climate Vulnerability Assessment: Approximately 4-6 meetings, each lasting about 1-2 hrs, plus approximately 3-9 hours per month across 2-3 persons.
  • Climate Adaptation Chapter:  An additional 4-6 meetings, each lasting about 1-2 hrs, plus approximately 3-9 hours per month across 2-3 persons.

We are planning for 10-12 months for completion of both deliverables. Note that less municipal administration involvement is generally required for the adaptation component than for the mitigation component.

What do these plans look like?

Examples of Climate Vulnerability Assessments:

Examples of Climate Adaptation Plans:

Which municipalities have signed up for CAPI Adapt?

Dutchess

County

Climate Vulnerability Assessment Climate Adaptation Chapter
1 Dutchess County Yes Yes
2 City of Beacon No No
3 City of Poughkeepsie Yes Yes
4 Town of Amenia No No
5 Town of Pleasant Valley Yes Yes
6 Town of Poughkeepsie No Yes
7 Town of Rhinebeck Yes Yes
8 Village of Rhinebeck No Yes
9 Village of Wappingers Falls Yes Yes
Total 5 7
Westchester

County

Climate Vulnerability Assessment Climate Adaptation Chapter
1 Westchester County Yes Yes
2 City of Peekskill Yes Yes
3 City of White Plains Yes Yes
4 Town of Ossining Yes Yes
5 Village of Hastings-on-Hudson No Yes
6 Village of Irvington Yes Yes
7 Village of Ossining Yes Yes
8 Village of Pelham No No
9 Village of Tarrytown Yes Yes
Total 7 8

Climate Vulnerability Assessments Total: 12                    Climate Adaptation Reports Total: 15

Where can I learn more?

For more information, see PE7 Action: Climate Vulnerability Assessment and PE 7 Action: Climate Adaptation Plan, as well as PE7 Action: Evaluate Policies for Climate Resilience.

Resources:

For more information on CAPI Adapt or the original CAPI program, please contact Mary Lambert <mlambert@hudsonvalleyrc.org>.

 

CAPI Adapt is a project of the Hudson Valley Regional Council. This site was prepared for the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with NEIWPCC. The viewpoints expressed here do not necessarily represent those of NEIWPCC or NYS DEC, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or causes constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

 

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