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The Governor requested that the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services work with other stakeholders to create a Climate Change Action Plan in December 2007. While the focus of the plan was on mitigation; adaptation was not to be overlooked. The importance of adaptation efforts and the implications of inaction were not clearly understood at first. Ultimately adaptation recommendations were agreed upon by the Task Force and steps towards adaptation planning are underway. We’ll share our adaptation recommendations, lessons learned, and opportunities for future collaboration.
Sherry Godlewski is with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. She served as the facilitator for the Adaptation Working Group as part of the Governor’s Climate Change Task Force. In her role as facilitator she attended Task Force meetings and provided presentations about the importance of planning for adaptation as well as mitigation. She is currently working with the state public health agency on the creation of a Public Health Adaptation Plan. Sherry is involved in other aspects of adaptation planning in state-wide and regional forums. She has an M.S. in Environmental Communication and Administration from Antioch University New England.
Resources1. Governor John H. Lynch (2007, December 6). Executive Order Number 2007-3: An Order Establishing a Task Force to Develop a Climate Change Action Plan for the State of New Hampshire. (PDF)2. NH Department of Environmental Services’ New Hampshire Climate Change Policy Task Force (March 2009). The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan: A Plan for New Hampshire’s Energy, Environmental, and Economic Development Future. (PDF)