Integrating Climate Adaptation into the Department to Strengthen Mission Operations and Infrastructure   [open pdf - 1MB]

Alternate Title: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Climate Action Plan

From the Introduction: "Climate change endangers national security and DHS's mission of safeguarding the American people, our homeland, and our values. The Intelligence Community recently stated that a changing climate will create a mix of direct and indirect threats, including risks to the economy, heightened political volatility, human displacement, and new venues of geopolitical competition that will play out during the next decade and beyond. Climate change has already contributed to instability in strategically important areas; it is a 'threat multiplier.' To adapt, focused solutions are needed. Investing in action now saves lives, conserves resources, and provides long-term cost savings. The Department is committed to establishing adaptation strategies and increasing resilience today so we will be better able to meet the challenges of a changing climate tomorrow while continuing to meet mission requirements. A central goal is a more resilient Nation, so that a warmer world is not a more dangerous world. Development of an actionable Climate Action Plan (CAP or Plan) will allow the Department to focus and prioritize within available resources, take advantage of early action and planning, integrate adaptive strategies, and engage in effective collaboration with other federal agencies, state, territorial, tribal, and local organizations, and the public to ensure a more resilient Department and Nation overall. [...] DHS has prepared this 2021 CAP pursuant to Section 211 of EO [Executive Order] 14008, and the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) Implementing Instructions. This CAP focuses on climate adaptation, resilience, and mitigation measures and initiatives for both internal operations and activities across agency programs. The 2021 CAP aligns with the DHS fiscal year (FY) 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and builds upon the previous DHS Climate Action Plans prepared in 2012 and 2013, the 2012 DHS Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the 2018 Resilience Framework, the FY 2021-2025 Environmental Justice Strategy, and the annual Sustainability Report and Implementation Plan."

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