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Better-Defined Rights and Responsibilities in Marine Adaptation Policy

December 2009

This issue brief discusses key elements of marine environment adaptation policy, including rights, resources, and governance. The brief recommends establishing better-defined rights and responsibilities for commercial and recreational fisheries in order to create an adaptation portfolio for marine and coastal resources. In addition, the report suggests establishing a broader ocean governance framework that includes comprehensive planning, allocation of dominant use zones and user rights within zones, and ecological standards.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: James N. Sanchirico

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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

September 2009

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.

Related Organizations: Climate Change and Wildlife Alliance - Massachusetts, Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) provides training opportunities for FWS staff to increase their  knowledge of climate science and climate change as they relate to resource management. NCTC also partners with others to bring field scientists and practitioners new learning opportunities in the form of on-line courses, workshops, and webinars. While some courses are specifically designed for Fish and Wildlife Service employees, most are relevant to any conservation professional.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Solutions University (CSU)

The Model Forest Policy Program's Climate Solutions University (CSU): Forest and Water Strategies is an on-line educational campus.  CSU provides a framework to assist rural forested communities with on-the-ground solutions to the climate crisis. This 10-month educational program teaches local communities in resource rich areas to develop climate action plans relevant to local forest, water and economic issues.

Related Organizations: Model Forest Policy Program

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Regional climate change adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a midcontinental region of North America (Minnesota)

May 7, 2009

Using climate projections from 16 models, this research assesses climate impacts on the biodiversity in a "mid-continental area of North America" (focused on Minnesota). The likely impacts are described, and adaptation options for eight landscape regions within the planning area are proposed, based on a resistance, resilience, and facilitation framework. The research addresses how to adjust Minnesota's conservation practices so the protected areas network continues to support the state's biodiversity facing climate change.

Related Organizations: University of Minnesota

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan Galatowitsch, Lee Frelich, Laura Phillips-Mao

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change (External Review Draft)

November 2009

The framework presented in this report may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. There are four modules that compose this framework. These modules walk the user through a systematic process for (1) categorizing a species’ baseline vulnerability to extinction or major population reduction, (2) categorizing a species’ vulnerability to future climate change, (3) developing a matrix that provides an overall score of the species’ vulnerability to non-climate and climate change stressors, and (4) qualitatively determining the uncertainty in the estimate of a species’ vulnerability.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hector Galbraith, Jeff Price

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Virginia Strategy for Safeguarding Species of Greatest Conservation Need from the Effects of Climate Change

November 2009

From the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Conservation Network, and the National Wildlife Federation, this report is to be appended to Virginia's Wildlife Action Plan. It forms the basis for wildlife inventory and conservation planning; supplementing the state wildlife action plan which did not address climate change.

Related Organizations: Virginia Conservation Network, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, National Wildlife Federation

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans & Other Management Plans

November 2009

This document provides voluntary guidance that can be used by state fish and wildlife agencies to better incorporate current and expected impacts of climate change into Wildlife Action Plans. The report presents steps for developing a wildlife adaptation strategy, the process for revising state Wildlife Action Plans, and tools to support the planning and implementation process, including vulnerability assessments and monitoring. Relevant case studies are included in each chapter.

Related Organizations: Teaming with Wildlife, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and National Park Wildlife: A Survival Guide for a Warming World

August 2009

This report, from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), recommends strategies to help wildlife adapt to the conditions caused by climate change, including providing land corridors, and reducing stress from pollution and invasive species. Included are five steps for safeguarding wildlife from climate change, and eleven wildlife profiles which address impacts to specific vulnerable eco-regions and provide possible solutions. .

Related Organizations: National Park Conservation Association (NPCA)

Author or Affiliated User: Kirk Repanshek

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index: A Nevada Case Study

August 2009

The State of Nevada is amending its State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) to incorporate the potential effects of climate change in more detail. The Nevada Department of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Nevada Natural Heritage Program (a NatureServe network member program), Lahontan Audubon Society, and Great Basin Bird Observatory have formed a partnership to complete the amendment. Nevada's SWAP was approved in 2006, and although it identified climate change as a stressor to key habitats and species of conservation concern in a few specific areas, it did not address the degree of vulnerability each species may face due to a warming climate.

Related Organizations: NatureServe, Nevada Department of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bruce E. Young, Elizabeth Byers, Kelly Gravuer, Kimberly R. Hall, Geoffrey A. Hammerson, Alan Redder, Kristin Szabo, Jennifer E. Newmark

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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