NC Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan

Preparing North Carolina for Future Climate Impacts

As directed by Executive Order 80, the North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan is the state’s most comprehensive effort to date, based on science and stakeholder input, to address North Carolina’s vulnerability to climate change. This plan is a framework to guide state action, engage policy-makers and stakeholders, and facilitate collaboration across the state and focus the state’s attention on climate resilience actions and address underlying stressors such as the changing climate, aging infrastructure, socio-economic disparities, and competing development priorities.

This plan provides: our best understanding of the projected change in the climate; climate justice impacts; state infrastructure, assets, programs and services within 11 critical sectors that are vulnerable and at risk to climate and non-climate stressors; actions currently underway; and recommendations for nature-based solutions to enhance ecosystem resiliency and sequester carbon in the state’s natural and working lands

The 2020 Resilience Plan describes next steps for implementing and updating resilience initiatives.  It builds upon North Carolina’s ongoing work in this area and establishes the North Carolina Resilience Strategy, which includes four elements: (1) the North Carolina Climate Science Report, (2) State Agency Resilience Strategies, (3) Statewide Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Strategies, and (4) the North Carolina Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan.

North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan


    Section 9 of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80  directs all cabinet agencies to integrate climate adaptation and resiliency planning into their policies, programs, and operations. By evaluating the impacts of climate change on programs and operations, cabinet agencies will be able to support communities and sectors of the economy that are most vulnerable to climate change and protect the resources and assets of value to North Carolinians. On behalf of the Climate Change Interagency Council, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has submitted the North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan to Governor Roy Cooper. The Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan is the result of 11 months of stakeholder engagement and collaborative work with the assistance of federal partners, state universities, local governments, community planners, non-governmental organizations, climate justice leaders, stakeholders interested in nature-based solutions, and other interested partners.

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