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Erika Spanger-Siegfried
Erika Spanger-Siegfried, a senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, currently manages UCS’s coastal and Mountain West climate impacts projects, designed to shed light through new research and outreach on ongoing local impacts, current efforts to cope, and the urgency of high-level action. Erika also managed the Energy-Water Initiative (EW3), a multi-year program aimed at raising awareness of the energy-water connection, particularly in the context of climate change, and motivating and informing effective low-carbon and low-water energy solutions. Ms Spanger-Siegfried formerly managed the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA), a collaboration between UCS and a multi-disciplinary team of more than 50 scientists from across the region that explored future climate change in the Northeast states and the impacts on key sectors.

Prior to joining UCS in 2005, Ms. Spanger-Siegfried was an associate scientist at the Boston Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute, where for six years her work focused on understanding and building the adaptive capacity of vulnerable populations and sectors in developing countries. Earlier in her career, Ms. Spanger-Siegfried worked with the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Environmental Laboratories. She has served on several relevant advisory bodies, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee.

Ms. Spanger-Siegfried has a master's degree in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in fisheries biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Tellus Publications (Selected)


Scoping and Designing an Adaptation Project

William Dougherty, Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Using the Adaptation Policy Framework (APF), this technical paper seeks to assist project teams in designing projects to develop and implement adaptation strategies, policies, and measures that can ensure human development in the face of climate change. The APF provides a basis by which countries can evaluate and modify existing planning processes and practices to address climate change impacts. To do so, this paper walks the reader through a series of recommended tasks, preparing them for the hands-on work of project scoping and design.

Adaptation Policy Frameworks for Climate Change: Developing Strategies, Policies and Measures

William Dougherty, Erika Spanger-Siegfried

The development of the Adaptation Policy Framework (APF) is intended to help provide the rapidly evolving process of adaptation policymaking with a much needed roadmap. The APF can be used by countries to both evaluate and complement existing planning processes to address climate change adaptation. As an assessment, planning, and implementation framework, it lays out an approach to climate change adaptation that supports sustainable development, rather than the other way around. The APF is about practice rather than theory; it starts with the information that developing countries already possess concerning vulnerable systems such as agriculture, water resources, public health, and disaster management, and aims to exploit existing synergies and intersecting themes in order to enable better informed policymaking.

Technical reports available here.

Global Public Policy Networks: An Emerging Innovation in Policy Development and Application

Tariq Banuri, Erika Spanger-Siegfried

The 1990s saw an expansion of dialogue around environmental issues, an increasing concentration of market power, and an explosion of information and communication technology into the mainstream. The combination of these factors created a backdrop for the emergence of a key global public policy network—the Global Reporting Initiative—in which the free-flow of information and the rapidity of communication enabled interested parties to scrutinize corporate activities much more closely, while also providing incentives to these businesses for voluntary disclosure.