2021 California Climate Adaptation Strategy

Climate Adaptation LogoThe Newsom Administration is updating California's Climate Adaptation Strategy this year, as required by the Legislature. Our goal is to deliver a 2021 Strategy that outlines the state's key climate resilience priorities, includes specific and measurable steps, and serves as a framework for action across sectors and regions in California. For questions on this effort, please email the state’s coordination team (California Natural Resources Agency and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research) at icarp@opr.ca.gov.

NEW: The draft 2021 California Climate Adaptation Strategy was released for public comment on October 18 and closed on November 17. Click on “Draft Strategy for Public Comment” below to access the draft and to watch public comment workshops hosted as part of the public comment period. 

Read the Draft Strategy

Check out the Final Strategy's Conceptual Website Design

Send written input - options include:

Mail: California Natural Resources Agency, 715 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 


Email: icarp@opr.ca.gov  

NEW: In October, the draft 2021 California Climate Adaptation Strategy was released for public comment. We welcome your input, which will help improve the final strategy that will be used to direct climate resilience efforts across state government!

1. To kick off the public input phase, we hosted a webinar on Friday, October 22 to orient readers to the draft. Click here to view the recording.

Para ver los subtítulos en español*, seleccione “Configuración” (ícono de engranaje) en la esquina inferior derecha del video. Seleccione “Subtítulos”. Después, seleccione “Inglés (generado automáticamente)”. Esto lo llevará de vuelta al menú principal “Configuración”. Vuelva a seleccionar “Subtítulos (1)”. Luego, seleccione “Traducción automática”. Desde aquí, seleccione “Español” del menú desplegable de idiomas disponibles.   
*Al brindarle información acerca de esta herramienta y cómo acceder a ella, ni la Agencia de Recursos Naturales de California, ni la Oficina de Planificación e Investigación del Gobernador ni el Estado de California garantizan la validez o precisión de la información traducida o el servicio de subtítulos cerrados proporcionado por YouTube.


In addition to welcoming comments in writing, we are organizing several opportunities to share feedback virtually.

2. Public Comment Draft Workshops – each workshop will cover the same content. Please select the date that works best for your schedule, and click on the link to register:

In June, we held 10 regional virtual workshops throughout the state to ensure the state’s Strategy reflects and reinforces regional priorities; draws connections among our collective efforts; and serves as a useful resource for all Californians. View workshops summaries and input here:

In May, we held a virtual public engagement kick-off webinar to provide key background information on the Administration’s proposed approach, timeline, and priorities for the 2021 Strategy, and information on the subsequent regional public workshops.


In February, we issued a short public survey to understand how previous state Climate Adaptation Strategies were useful so that we could incorporate what worked and adjust what didn’t. This input helped us identify key goals for the 2021 update - check this presentation out for more information!

Updating the state’s Climate Adaptation Strategy is an opportunity to address gaps in our current approach. A key gap we have identified in the 2021 update is the lack of a comprehensive, interagency approach to extreme heat – a climate impact projected to affect all areas of California. To close this gap, California is developing a strategic and comprehensive set of state actions to adapt and build resilience to extreme heat.

In Spring/Summer 2021, we held three workshops/listening sessions to solicit public input on areas of key focus, and actions to consider for inclusion in the framework. Topics included major pillars of a state framework, nature-based solutions, public awareness, community services, and built infrastructure. Check out the workshop agendas and key questions here, and stay tuned this winter for the release of the state’s extreme heat framework.