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The National Adaptation Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. Join the convening of adaptation practitioners from around the country focused on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.

The 3rd National Adaptation Forum took place on May 9-11, 2017 in Saint Paul, MN and gathered 1065 participants from 48 states, the District of Columbia, two territories, three Canadian provinces, and five additional countries. Practitioners represented all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, community groups, academia, university and high school students, and corporate and private industry.

The City of Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and State of Minnesota were instrumental in its success. The Forum included an opening with Mayor Coleman of City of Saint Paul, Mayor Hodges of City of Minneapolis and Senator Franken of Minnesota to kick-off the 2017 Forum during the opening plenary. Anne Hunt, Environmental Policy Director, Saint Paul’s Mayor’s office was key to Forum Coordinators building relationships with city and state leaders. Our goal was to acknowledge our host city partners and raise the adaptation efforts taking place to a national level. The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Conference (MCAP) partnered with the Forum and hosted their conference concurrently with the opening of the Forum on May 9, 2017. All MCAP participants access to not only MCAP session but all Forum sessions offered on opening day including the Forum Networking Reception which includes the Poster Sessions and Tools Café .

This partnership resulted in 227 Minnesota participants attending the Forum! The Forum offered a diverse, robust and action-oriented program with 24 main topics (e.g. agriculture and food security, climate justice, critical infrastructure, natural resources, public health, and retreat) and 14 cross-cutting themes (e.g. actionable climate science, equitable adaptation, faith based stewardship, and nature-based solution). The 2017 Program included the following opportunities for participants: 2017 Forum Welcome, 5 plenaries (Municipal, Community, Business, Natural Resources and Holistic), 88 symposia, 13 training sessions,15 working groups,121 posters and 20 decision making tools.

Watch the 3rd National Adaptation Forum opening plenary here

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