Climate change is causing discernable impacts to natural resources and human communities around the globe. As impacts worsen and accelerate, local leaders are beginning to respond with adaptation actions. Actions that are not coordinated across sectors, however, are likely to cause competition, conflict, and natural resource degradation. Adaptation strategies that are developed for a single sector often shift the impacts of climate change to other sectors and future generations rather than contributing to community-wide resilience. This article introduces an approach called whole community adaptation that relies on cross sector integration, multistakeholder engagement, and an iterative approach of learning and improvement over time.
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