The Southwest Practitioners Adaptation Network (SPAN) was created through a cooperative agreement between the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC). SPAN’s mission is to connect and support climate adaptation and assessment practitioners in the US Southwest to exchange experiences and best practices from their work and build a network dedicated to finding and implementing integrated, community-based adaptation solutions. The main pillars of SPAN include: 1) science-focused partnerships, assessment, and translation; 2) capacity and network building, information sharing, and convenings; and 3) community engagement and science to action components.
The SPAN launch event took place on February 7, 2020 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and focused on climate change, public health, and impacts of extreme heat in urban environments. The event brought together 33 adaptation and assessment practitioners from across the Southwest, with a primary focus on southern Nevada. The workshop report from this event is now available (link below). Note that the last page of the report contains a list of helpful resources that were mentioned at the workshop or were shared after-the-fact by participants. CCASS is now working to create a website and network visualization tool for SPAN to support and strengthen members’ connections and provide a resource for those seeking expertise on these topics in order to build adaptive capacity.