Consulting & Engineering: Climate Risk Management & Adaptation


ICF International for achieving organic growth in its climate risk assessment and adaptation practice of approximately 80% over the past two years. The firm has accomplished this by diversifying within several strategic areas that are emerging as key adaptation services, including new approaches to managing climate change risks to infrastructure and strengthening transportation-related climate risk management. (For more on ICF's climate change risk management and adaptation practice, see Q&A later in this edition.)

CH2M HILL for developing the Coastal Change Adaptation Planning Guidance (CCAPG) for the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). CCAPG is designed to help coastal managers, engineers, planners and professionals to manage coastal change. CCAPG will be used to help identify Coastal Change Management Areas (CCMAs) and to develop adaptation approaches within the CCMAs utilizing best practice techniques and complying with requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The CCAPG defines a four-stage approach to develop CCMAs to control and manage coastal change risks to both existing and future development through spatial management policy.

AECOM for its work as a strategic partner for the 100 Resilient Cities program. Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the program funds the salary of a chief resilience officer (CRO) in 100 cities for two years. AECOM is working with the leadership team to help develop the process that each of the cities will follow to develop their resiliency strategy, as well as working directly with a number of the cities in the first round of the program. These include: Christchurch, Melbourne, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Rome, Bangkok and Quito. For each city, AECOM provides content, logistical and facilitation support for an agenda-setting workshop for up to 100 delegates, with a large media and mayoral/governor presence; provides consultancy support on the resiliency strategy development process, including vulnerability and risk assessment of shocks and stresses; coaches the CRO; and helps deliver the resiliency strategy for the city.