In 2014, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature declared, through the passage of the Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation Initiative Act (Act 83, Session Laws of Hawaiʻi) that climate change is the paramount challenge of this century, posing both an urgent and long-term threat to the State’s economy, sustainability, security, and way of life. The purpose of the Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation Initiative Act is to address the effects of climate change in order to protect the State’s economy, health, environment, and way of life. Act 83 notes that, “Hawaiʻi is one of the few coastal states that has not adopted a statewide climate adaptation plan, yet is among the most vulnerable.” Act 83 calls for the establishment of an Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee (ICAC), attached administratively to the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and co-chaired by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and the director of the Hawaiʻi Office of Planning (OP). The first task of the ICAC is to develop a statewide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Report (SLR Report) by December 31, 2017.
The Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation Portal will track the development and progress of the committee’s work.