Overcoming Financial and Organizational Barriers to Local Adaptation

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Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Room Pike 3

111 East Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, California 90802

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We are no longer accepting online registrations for this workshop. There may be an opportunity to register on-site in Long Beach. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Julia Kim at jkim@lgc.org or 916-448-1198 x304 (301-675-5748 mobile) if you have any questions.



Join us for an interactive, discussion-based workshop to better understand the financial and organizational barriers that local governments in California face in implementing adaptation strategies.

This workshop will provide opportunities to learn about financing needs in California, practical opportunities for funding adaptation, what institutional and organizational barriers hinder work on adaptation, and how to move your organization to higher levels of capacity to advance adaptation. Participants will share their own experience and challenges with financing and implementing adaptation strategies at the local level.

We encourage you to attend this workshop if you work in, with or for local governments on adaptation research, planning, financing, funding and/or implementation.

Local government staff working in departments related to the implementation and/or financing of adaptation strategies (i.e. city management, community development, emergency management, finance, planning, sustainability or other related departments) and those supporting local governments (consultants, researchers, NGOs) are strongly encouraged to attend.

Project Goals:

  • Financial Barriers - to support state and local policymakers in their efforts to help solve the adaptation financing problem by answering three core research questions:
    • How big is the financing gap (between need and availability) for local governments in California?
    • What economically and politically feasible financing options are available to fill this gap?
    • What is the nature of the financing challenges and how can they be overcome?
  • Institutional Barriers: Previous research has found that when barriers are revealed, this can help local governments develop adaptation strategies that are geared to overcome or avoid the barriers, thereby increasing the implementation/effectiveness potential. Through this project, the project team will focus on:
    • Furthering the understanding of the diversity of institutional barriers across local governments in California,
    • Developing a capability maturity model, a guidebook and best practices for local governments to overcome these barriers, and
    • Conducting case studies with local governments on the usefulness of these tools.


This workshop is being conducted as part of two larger research projects that aim to explore practical opportunities to fund adaptation and overcome institutional barriers to adaptation as part of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment. The research team is made up of ICF International, the Local Government Commission and Susanne Moser Research & Consulting.

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the California Adaptation Forum (CAF) as a pre-forum workshop. The workshop is free and refreshments will be served (hence registration is required).

CAF, taking place September 7th-8th in Long Beach, is the premier convening for hundreds of leaders, practitioners, and advocates to discuss and debate how we can most effectively respond to climate change.

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Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Room Pike 3

111 East Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, California 90802

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