The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change wrapped up their annual conference in Qatar this month with little progress on global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The work of adapting to climate change, however, is moving ahead on a smaller scale as communities and landowners grapple with changing weather and an uncertain future.


Next week, the Manomet Center is holding two climate change adaptation workshops in Maine to present the findings of a multi-year study and to discuss recommendations for specific regions.


On Dec. 17 there will be a meeting in Bridgton focusing on the Sebago Lake watershed. That meeting will run from 1:00 – 3:30 PM. On Dec 18 there will be a workshop in Brunswick focusing on the greater Sagadahoc Region. That meeting will run from 9:30AM – noon. More detail on both events is available at


“There are steps that individual landowners can take to make their properties more resilient to climate change impacts,” said Eric Walberg, Manomet’s senior program leader for climate change. “Effective regional planning is also important, and that’s why we are presenting these recommendations to the larger communities.”


The reports were funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation. Anyone with questions about the reports or the meetings can contact Jackie Sartoris at


– Dave McGlinchey