The National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Coastal Training Program is well positioned to lead conversations that advance climate adaptation in coastal communities. Each of the 29 reserves has longstanding relationships with members of their local communities across scientific, political, and cultural boundaries, enabling them to engage diverse stakeholders in dialogues about their priorities, values, and visions for a climate-resilient future. Regardless of their locations and stages in planning for climate change, all reserves have identified a need for tools and techniques that will enable communities to advance these important and often challenging conversations.
A 2018 Catalyst project is leveraging the collaborative efforts already conducted by five reserves—Tijuana River, Kachemak Bay, Jacques Cousteau, Hudson River, and Wells—which have been participating in the Successful Adaptation Indicators and Metrics (SAIM) project. As part of the SAIM project, the five reserves have hosted workshops to help their communities develop collective goals for climate adaptation and identify specific indicators and metrics for evaluating progress toward a more climate resilient future. This project is enabling those reserves to refine and share the lessons and resources they’ve developed to date. This factsheet describes more about the project approach, anticipated benefits, anticipated outcomes, and targeted end users.