The National Adaptation Forum includes opportunities for professional development through formal trainings, facilitated practitioner presentations, and informal exchange of information all at a single venue. This event affords attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to make their work climate smart, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network to be climate savvy in all that they do.
We are at a pivotal moment where we see risk and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change entering into the discourse of decision makers at all levels of policy and natural resource management. Managers working at a local, state, regional, and federal level are beginning to respond to climate impacts. However the field of climate change adaptation is still in its infancy and too many are reinventing instead of innovating. With climate change jeopardizing our past, present, and future management and conservation efforts; the need for a conversation around practical climate adaptation has never been greater. The goal of the National Adaptation Forum convening is to develop a program that provides guidance through the steps of the adaptation process, as well as across the spectrum of adaptation activities in the United States today. Trainings and sessions should aim to be cross-sectoral in an effort to demonstrate the integrated nature of successful adaptation. As such they should engage multiple perspectives, either across sectors, geographies or stakeholders (e.g. national, tribal, regional, state, local, private, non-profit, educational).