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The Report of the Colorado Local Resilience Project


On April 22, 2015, the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization on behalf of the Colorado Climate Network released the report of the Colorado Local Resilience Project, jointly convened by CCN and the Colorado Municipal League (CML) to develop an agenda to help make Colorado communities more resilient to possible climate change impacts, including increases in wildfires, floods, and health-threatening heat waves. In the project, 78 representatives of 30 local governments in Colorado and six other governmental and nonprofit entities active at the local level (such as local health departments and school districts) reached a consensus on six conclusions and 36 recommendations on what local governments can do, on their own and acting with others, to prepare for and address climate change impacts, and what they need from the state and federal governments and other sources to do so.In short, the report calls on both local governments across Colorado and the state government to do more to assess and address climate-change-related risks, including more wildfires, more heat waves that cause illnesses and death, more extreme weather of all kinds including storms and floods, and more adverse effects on our forests and other ecosystems. As the report says: “The report is a call for action, beginning with a call for more local governments to take action in their own communities to improve their local resilience. Even more, though, our conclusions and recommendations focus on what local governments can do by working together, and on the partnerships we need with the state and federal governments and others to be effective in addressing climate-related risks, which do not respect governmental boundaries. Collaborative, coordinated actions among local governments and other levels of government will be essential to make our communities resilient.”

Resource Type
Colorado Climate Network
Resource URL
April 22, 2015
Organization Type
Health and Human Impact
Climate and Environmental Impact
Climate adaptation/resilience Public health/health sector response
Vulnerable populations

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