The projected impacts of climate change are acutely relevant to a region that is lined on one side by a low-lying fresh water environment and surrounded on one or more sides by hurricane-prone coastal ocean waters. Sea level rise, which is already evident in some areas, will impact the region’s ecosystems.
The region’s approach to climate change might need to include two parallel approaches – reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change (recognizing that the region, by itself, cannot resolve that global problem) and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
The Partnership must work with the public, private, and civic sectors to better understand the likely impacts of climate change, including the likely extent of sea level rise impacts; consider how the region can contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; and develop a coordinated regional adaptation and resiliency plan designed to protect natural, built, and human communities. Strategies should build on the work of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, best practices and science, and focus on prudent steps to address the threats of inundation in the Southeast Florida region.