The Climate Science Alliance-South Coast was well represented at the National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota, May 9 - May 11 with 6 CSA partners in attendance! The National Adaptation Forum brings together adaptation professionals from across the globe to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support for a better tomorrow. Highlights included:
As a result of her outstanding work on climate resilience in the South Coast region of California, Dr. Pairis was awarded the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. Congratulations! Read more here.
Dr. Amber Pairis led the creation of the NAF Natural Resource Plenary. The plenary utilized storytelling to share innovative ways that natural resource conservation is being elevated through partnerships and risk taking. The speakers included Ann Marie Chischilly from the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Dr. Jerry Hatfield from USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Shasta Gaughen from the Pala Band of Mission Indians, and Dr. Amber Pairis. Watch here.
San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative Director Laura Engeman and Amber Pairis created and exhibited a booth focused on science, art, and community that focused on the San Diego Resilient Coastlines Project and contributed a poster on this project for the poster session.
Dr. Amber Pairis created and co-hosted a working group with Kristen Goodrich from the Tijuana National Estuarine Research Reserve and Sara Moore titled "When Armageddon is Your Day Job: Coping Strategies". The work group attracted 30+ attendees to share their experience, examples of hope, and support each other with ideas for how to sustain our work over time.
Dr. Pairis promoted the south coast and the work of the CSA as a panelist for a Translational Ecology symposium with partners from across the U.S.
In addition to sharing examples and experiences with fellow attendees, Pairis and Engeman gained a great deal of new ideas, connections, and partnerships during their time at NAF. We look forward to putting their recently gained knowledge to good use in our region.