Mass ECAN News - April


Mass ECAN News

Spring is finally here in Massachusetts along with a lot of climate adaptation activity! See below for updates specifically relevant to Mass ECAN members, including:

Today, I'm at Local Solutions - the regional climate adaptation forum. Maybe see some of you there! I look forward to reporting back on what I learn and sharing anything useful for our community.

Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues and encourage them to join us. At any point, you can reach out to with ideas about what our Network should tackle next.


Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague.
Eric J. Roberts
Coastal Resilience Specialist, The Nature Conservancy

Eric has worked on environmental issues with a range of

science, policy, and philanthropic organizations. Before joining TNC

in January, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay,

collaborated with NOAA in Washington State, and most recently worked

with the Consensus Building Institute and Mott Philanthropic in

Massachusetts. He looks forward to sailing a Sunfish in Hull Bay and

paddling through New England’s estuaries this summer.

Climate change adaptation project he's currently excited

about: To build coastal community resilience, Eric is leading a

three-year, five-state project to assess the effectiveness of

nature-based solutions to protect public well-being and infrastructure

and maintain or enhance coastal ecosystem processes in the Northeast.

Data from the effort will inform policy recommendations to incentivize

the use of shoreline management practices that provide multiple

benefits to people and nature. You can contact Eric at

for more information or to receive periodic updates on this project.

Planning Ahead -
Mass ECAN 2018 Conference

We are scouting future Fall conference locations! We'd love to host in partnership with a member organization, as we did with MassWildlife last year. Do you know of a low cost or *free* venue, ideally in central Mass, that can hold 100 people? All suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. We're looking forward to planning the conference with you!
Recommended Reading

Some interesting new reports have come out in the last few months!

"Embracing Change" from the Wildlife Conservation Society illustrates how conservationists are strategically altering their approaches to keep pace with climate change. The report clearly highlights how to move beyond business-as-usual conservation approaches and make our work climate-informed by considering the "What, Where, When, and Why." This is one of the clearest explanations with real world examples that I've seen - check out page 5!

"Rising to the Challenge, Togethercommissioned for the Kresge Foundation has a clear message for the adaptation community: come together, right now. It applauds how the adaptation field has grown in influence and sophistication, but warns that our field is still too crisis-driven. To accelerate action, we need a shared vision, consistent funding, universal best practices, and a larger focus on social equity across the field.

"Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks" by UMass Boston's Sustainable Solutions Lab.

Announcements & Opportunities

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program -
Additional funding and Action Grants now available! See the Press Release and grant application details, or attend an info session to learn more.
Info Sessions
WHEN: Tuesday,  May 1, 2018 @ 10:00am
WHERE:  Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor (30 Martin St, Essex, MA)

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 3:00pm
WHERE: Wayland Town Hall (41 Cochituate Rd, Wayland, MA)
To RSVP contact Meg Colclough in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, 617.626.1110

Job Opportunity - Climate Change Program Coordinator for Mass Audubon in Lincoln, MA

Workshop - Protecting Biodiversity in a Changing Climate is geared towards land trusts and will discuss building climate resilience into your priorities, where plants & animals can adapt, and online mapping tools!
WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9:30am - 4:00pm
WHERE: Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Road, Grafton, MA
To RSVP contact by June 6th.

Webinar Recording - Supporting Climate Adaptation Planning for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: What Surprising Changes will Occur to our Climate, Sea Level and Water Resources? This Northeast Climate Science Center seminar discusses research and new climate projections that informed statewide adaptation strategies in Massachusetts.

State Hazard Mitigation & Climate Adaptation Plan -
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs just finished the 3rd round of stakeholder workshops to revise problem statements based on the findings of the Risk Assessment and develop ideas for hazard mitigation and climate adaptation actions for inclusion in the Plan. See the workshop presentation here and submit your action ideas!

Additional details can be found at

Sharing Your Organization's Adaptation Publications

We'll be uploading materials we've created or curated to the "Resources" section on our website. If you shared materials during our Fall conference, we'd like to offer you an opportunity to showcase them on the "From Member Orgs" page. These climate adaptation materials and publications can be submitted to this month. Later this year, we'll collect additional resources to share in preparation for the Fall conference.
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