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Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

September 2010

This Strategic Plan by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) serves two primary purposes. First, it provides a vision for the agency to accomplish their mission to “work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people” in the face of accelerating climate change. Second, it provides direction for the organization and its employees; defining the role of the agency within the context of the Department of the Interior and the larger conservation community as it pertains to climate change and conservation.

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

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National Park Service Climate Change Response Strategy

September 2010

The National Park Service (NPS) preserves more than 84 million acres within the National Park System. Global climate change threatens the integrity of all national parks, and challenges the NPS mission to leave park resources unimpaired for future generations.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS)

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Flowing Foward: Freshwater ecosystem adaptation to climate change in water resources management and biodiversity conservation

August 2010

At the request of the World Bank the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) developed this report to provide guiding principles, processes, and methodologies for incorporating climate change impacts into analytical framework for evaluating water sector projects, with a particular emphasis on impacts on freshwater ecosystems. It was developed for use by the World Bank, however, much of the content is valuable for U.S. resource managers as well.

Related Organizations: Water Partnership Program, The World Bank, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tom Le Quesne, John H. Matthews, Constantin Von der Heyden, A.J. Wickel, Rob Wilby, Joerg Hartmann, Guy Pegram, Elizabeth Kistin, Geoffrey Blate, Glauco Kimura de Freitas, Eliot Levine, Carla Guthrie, Catherine McSweeney, Nikolai Sindorf

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Ecosystem Services and Climate Adaptation

July 2010

This policy brief discusses the economic value of natural resources and ecological systems, the impacts climate change will have on natural systems and the wealth they generate, and the difficulties in pricing ecosystem goods and services. This brief focuses on two broad questions: 1) What kinds of adaptation challenges will be created by climate‐driven changes in the form, scale, and location of ecosystem goods and services. and 2) How should climate adaptation policies protect and manage natural wealth as its delivery is affected by climate change.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: James Boyd

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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U.S. Forest Service (USFS) National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change

July 2010

The National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change, provided through the U. S. Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC), is a guide for forest managers to "prepare their forests for the effects of climate change while enhancing their water resources. " The guide focuses on three types of activities: assessing current risks, vulnerabilities, policies, and gaps in knowledge; engaging partners in seeking solutions and learning from as well as educating the public and employees on climate change issues; and managing for resilience, in ecosystems as well as in human communities, through adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable consumption strategies.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Performance Scorecard for Implementing the Forest Service (USFS) Climate Change Strategy

July 2010

This performance scorecard was developed to ensure compliance with the overall U. S. Forest Service Climate Change Strategy recommendations by 2015. While the scorecard is delivered and completed annually at the individual/localized national forest level, many of the items require regional and national support and guidance in order to achieve compliance. The scorecard uses the following four categories to track performance: Organizational Capacity; Partnerships, Engagement and Education; Adaptation; and Mitigation measures.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Applications in the Chesapeake Bay (External Review Draft)

June 2010

The goals of EPA’s Global Change Research Program (GCRP) are to assess the potential effects of climate change on water quality, air quality, ecosystem health, and human health, and to provide decision makers with information and tools that enable them to incorporate considerations of climate change into their decision making processes.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan H. Julius, Britta G. Bierwagen, Chris Pyke, J. Randall Freed, Susan Asam

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Action Plan for the Florida Reef System 2010 - 2015

June 2010

A product of The Nature Conservancy's Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP), this action plan was developed by reef managers, scientists and reef users from across South Florida as a guide for better coordination of reef management across local, state, and federal jurisdictions. It serves as a more detailed, Florida-specific companion to the climate change goals and objectives in the report “NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Goals & Objectives 2010-2015” (NOAA CRCP 2009). 

Related Organizations: Florida Reef Resilience Program

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Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Reports

April 2010

In April 2010, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences published a series of three reports that address the impact of climate change on ecosystems and species. Funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Foundation, the objective was to make "climate-smart" the State's existing State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The SWAP provides a roadmap for the conservation of wildlife and habitat in the state, including 22 critical habitat types and 257 priority animals in need of conservation action.

Related Organizations: Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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A Summary of the Alaskan Marine Arctic Conservation Action Plan

April 2010

The Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has developed a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) using TNC's CAP methodology.   The plan covers coastal, nearshore, and marine environments of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas - including pelagic and benthic habitats, the continental shelf and ocean basins, lagoons and marshes, islands, and the shoreline - within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Alaska. Climate change and its effects are identified as the primary threats to natural resources of ecological and cultural importance in the region.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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