California is made up of diverse regions with different economies, geographies, and cultures. This means each of these regions experience climate change impacts and opportunities in unique ways. The state supports a “regions-up” approach, which recognizes the importance of regional-scale adaptation planning and action. This Strategy aims to include space for regional leadership and identify when and how the state can best support regional action.

As part of the process to update the Strategy, the state held 10 regional workshops to align state and regional priorities. These workshops also helped the state understand regional needs and actions, as well as understand the climate impacts of highest concern to regional stakeholders. Summaries from each of the workshops are provided by geographic region.

Throughout the regional workshops, several themes emerged:

  • Building resilience requires the development of equitable and collaborative adaptation strategies;
  • Severity of climate impacts are inextricably linked to historic and current inequities;
  • There is no one-size-fits-all approach to climate adaptation; each region has its own set of challenges and opportunities.
  • Climate adaptation actions are critical to ensuring California’s climate mitigation investments are designed to withstand current and future climate risks.

This Strategy strives to address these themes across each of the priorities. The state is committed to supporting local and regional adaptation approaches.