Climate Change Planning in Southwest Florida : What has been done and what needs to be done now.

Event date 7 Feb '19 18:30 - 20:00
Event location Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers

A Pachamama Game Changer Gathering with James (Jim) William Beever III

"I will talk about the climate change planning we have done in southwest Florida and what has been accomplished in climate change adaptation. I will also discuss projects done by others or that are currently in progress. And then I will discuss what we are planning to do in the future and what other things could be done in the near future."


James (Jim) William Beever III is expert in Natural Resources and Climate Change in southwest Florida. Jim is a Planner IV for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC). His work in climate change planning includes the Comprehensive Southwest Florida/Charlotte Harbor Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment,  City of Punta Gorda Adaptation Plan Adopted November 18, 2009, Model Ordinances/ Comprehensive Plan Language Development, Lee County Climate Change Resiliency Strategy, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Opportunities for Salt Marsh Types in Southwest Florida, Estimating and Forecasting Ecosystem Services within Pine Island Sound including Sea Level Rise Effects, The Pelican Cove Climate Change Adaptation Plan, the City of Cape Coral Climate Change Adaptation Plan. His work in landscape scale conservation corridor mapping includes Southwest Florida Coastal Conservation Corridor Project,  A Unified Conservation Easement Mapping and Database for the State of Florida, and Southwest Florida Coastal Conservation Corridor.  Other responsibilities include implementing the environmental planning review for the SWFRPC; the water quality protection planning and the model Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council Fertilizer Resolution #07-01 for the 6 County Area; the Development of a Functional Assessment Method to Evaluate the Water Quality Benefits of Designed Freshwater and Brackish Water Ecosystems Used for Water Quality Treatment; Statewide Conservation Easement Mapping; multiple Estero Bay State of the Bay Reports; coordinating Regional Wildlife Habitat Planning, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration implementation, Southwest Florida Watershed Study, and many committees and partnerships.  He has an A. A. from Edison Community College, a B. S. and M.S. Biological Science (cum laude) (Minors-Statistics, Biogeography) from Florida State University and Post-graduate work at the, University of California at Davis. He has been employed protecting the natural resources of southwest Florida for 35 years.