Preparedness Planning

Building on successful initiatives within key Oregon river basins and elsewhere, our approach to preparedness planning seeks to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of broadly supported, actionable strategies that are:

Place-based: Planning and decision making are convened around a “place” with coherent ecological, economic, political, and cultural characteristics – a watershed, a planning council region, county, or other areas of relevance.

Stakeholder-driven: Stakeholders are fully involved in planning and decision making discussions because they possess unique local knowledge vital to the process, they are most affected by the outcomes of the process, and they are best positioned to assure that climate preparedness strategies are implemented.

Scenario-driven: Prudent risk management planning occurs within the context of modeled future impacts possible this century within the relevant boundaries of the project area.

Integrated: Planning seeks to avoid sub-optimization of single sector, single level of government, or single media approaches to climate preparedness. We believe the most successful climate preparedness strategies are structured around five interrelated sectors:

  • Natural systems, defined as ecosystems and associated biodiversity including the “ecosystem goods and services” provided to human societies;
  • Built systems, defined as buildings, urban areas, and associated critical infrastructure such as transportation, communications, energy and water systems;
  • Human systems, defined as the modes of social and institutional organization provided largely through the public and non-profit sectors that support all other sectors including governance systems, education, public health, emergency management, and social services;
  • Economic systems, defined as the range of existing and potential modes of commerce, industry, finance, and employment within a given place;
  • Cultural systems, defined as unique modes of human social interaction with any of the other systems, to include species and/or places of cultural importance, historical architecture, and historical resource uses.    


Systems-based: The processes incorporates the consideration of the potential positive and negative feedback mechanisms, short and long term, and local and geographically distant consequences of preparedness practices and policies across all five systems.

Co-Beneficial: The planning and decision making process prioritizes activities within one sector that provide benefits for other sectors.

Policy Relevant: The planning and decision making process fosters innovative new policy or supports effective local state, regional, and national climate policy.