Responding to Climate Change: Working Together to Conserve Land, Wildlife and Habitat

On November 15, 2008, 10 organizations consisting of non-profits and Massachusetts state agencies sponsored a conference at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. The conference, "Responding to Climate Change: Working Together to Conserve Land, Wildlife and Habitat," was the first of its kind in the Commonwealth and in the nation. The conference brought together nearly 200 conservation leaders from across 60 organizations, including scientists, land stewards, hunters, anglers, government officials, advocates, foundation officers, and policy-makers. Topics discussed ranged from climate change impacts on the Northeastern United States, to regional planning strategies for adaptation, along with updates on state and federal climate change policy.

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the Alliance partners created this Special Conference Report, providing conference highlights and next steps. Example articles within the report are "The Case for Adaptation: Conservation Strategies in the Face of Climate Change", "Climate Change Adaptation Policy in Massachusetts", and "Working From the Bottom-Up: Local Communities Are Key to Wildlife Adaptation."

The following 10 organizations formed the Conference Steering Committee: Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (Manomet), the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, New England Wild Flower Society, The National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, and The Trustees of Reservations.

 

 

 

Publication Date: September 2009

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