Climate Science and Water Resources Distance Learning Efforts and Customized Courses
How can Reclamation build climate literacy and capacity in its various mission commnities?
Need and Benefit
Building climate literacy and capacity in Reclamation's workforce is a need identified by Executive Orders, an interagency Priority Agenda, as well as DOI and Reclamation Policies. The 2014 DOI Climate Change Adaptation Plan identified the need to improve employee climate literacy as a priority for the Department's efforts to build climate resilience. The interagency Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources calls on Federal natural resource management agencies to build climate literacy and capabilities among relevant Federal agency staff. The Department's guidance is consistent with the goals of section 3 of Executive Order 13653 – Preparing the United States for the Impact of Climate Change (November 2013); the Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Management and Budget joint memorandum on Strengthening Climate Adaptation Planning in Fiscal Year 2016 and Beyond (May 2016); and section 1.5(C) of the Department's Climate Change Adaptation Policy (523 DM 1). Further, in fiscal year (FY) 2015 Reclamation released its climate change adaptation strategy (Strategy) and a permanent policy (Policy) on Climate Change Adaptation. Central to both the Strategy and Policy is a Reclamation climate literate workforce.
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