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Improving the Odds: Using Climate-Readiness to Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Ecosystem

October 2010

This National Wildlife Federation report documents the efforts of Great Lakes' cities, businesses, scientists and resource managers to adapt to climate change and protect people, wildlife and natural resources. The report calls for the widespread adoption of "climate-ready" strategies like those cited in a diverse set of case studies. The report features current climate-ready practices and policies that help build adaptive capacity in the region, and identifies tools and future opportunities for action.

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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.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

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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). 

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Author or Affiliated User: James Boyd

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change and Wildlife Health: Direct and Indirect Effects

March 2010

Prepared by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, this fact sheet explains that climate change will have significant effects on wildlife, as well as human and domestic animal diseases. Effects discussed include: geographic range and distribution of wildlife diseases, plant and animal phenology, wildlife host-pathogen interactions, and disease patterns in wildlife.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erik Hofmeister, Gail Moede Rogall, Kathy Wesenberg, Rachel Abbott, Thierry Work, Krysten Schuler, Jonathan Sleeman

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Adaptation to Climate Change in Public Lands Management

February 2010

This issue brief recommends a number of short- and long-term changes in federal land management policy to adapt to climate change.  Policy recommendations include the use of vulnerability assessments and strategic planning, development of effective monitoring systems, implementation of adaptive management and ecosystems management, coordinated research programs, and use of public lands planning and management processes to test adaptation strategies and tactics.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, William R. Travis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Managing the Risk of Climate Change to Wildlands of the Sierra Nevada

April 2010

From the Wilderness Society, this research paper is intended to identify issues that must be analyzed as part of the forest plan revision process in the Sierra Nevada, and offers methodologies to assist the Forest Service in assessing the risks of climate change to ecosystems and developing plans for climate change adaptation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gregory H. Aplet, Michael H. Anderson, Bo Wilmer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Weathering Climate Change: Framing Strategies to Minimize Impacts on Pennsylvania Ecosystems and Wildlife

March 24, 2010

As an initial effort to inform Pennsylvania’s climate adaptation planning process, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and The Nature Conservancy interviewed stakeholders from state and federal natural resource management agencies, research institutions, and environmental non-profit organizations. The findings from the interviews are presented in this report subtitled: “Perspectives from Conservation Leaders and Experts on Climate Change Adaptation.

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