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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-3: Regional and National Policies Regarding Global Climate Change

2009

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) Policy Resolution 09-3 describes the WGA's position on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It makes recommendations for federal, state, and local policies to support the reduction of both GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change on states and localities.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps

June 2008

This report, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2010 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report," include consensus recommendations for how the Western states can work with federal, local, and private sector partners to address the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and of water supply and water management strategies in general.

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New Frameworks for Managing Dynamic Coasts: Legal and Policy Tools for Adapting U.S. Coastal Zone Management to Climate Change

June 2008

This paper, published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal, identifies policy and governance reforms that could make coastal communities and ecosystems more resilient to the effects of sea level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sandra S. Nichols, Carl Bruch

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Climate Change and Interacting Stressors: Implications for Coral Reef Management in the American Samoa

June 2007

This report focuses on the reefs of American Samoa as a case study for how managers can approach assessments of reef vulnerabilities to climate change and interacting stressors, identification of adaptive management strategies in response, and integration of management options with existing protocol.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

June 2006

This report, along with the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps," include consensus recommendations and action items to both encourage and assist local, state and federal planners and managers and private sector partners to coordinate effectively to prepare for and address challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies in Western states. These reports address six specific issues, including: examining water policies and population growth, providing water supply to meet future demands, maintaining water supply infrastructure, resolving Indian water rights, preparing for climate change, and conserving endangered species.

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

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Department of the Interior (DOI): Pacific Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

The Pacific Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PILCC) is one of 21 LCCs established by Secretarial Order No. 3289, which focus on on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts at the landscape level. LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource-management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes.

 

 

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Pacific RISA, Climate Adaptation Partnership for the Pacific (CAPP)

The Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (Pacific RISA) program, aka Climate Adaptation Partnership for the Pacific (CAPP), supports Pacific island and coastal communities to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change. CAPP is striving to enhance Pacific communities' abilities to understand, plan for, and respond to changing climate conditions. This RISA emphasizes the engagement of communities, governments, and businesses in developing effective policies to build resilience in key sectors such as water resource management, coastal and marine resources, fisheries, agriculture, tourism, disaster management and public health.

 

 

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USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center

The USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center aggregates water-resource information for the State of Hawaii, the U. S. Territories of Guam and American Samoa, the U. S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. The center provides current real time data on streamflow, ground water, water quality, rainfall, and lakes and reservoirs. The center also has numerous publications on a wide range of hydrological topics.

 

 

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Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC)

The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) is a self-directed, non-regulatory conservation alliance whose purpose is to assist those who manage native species, island ecosystems and key cultural resources in adapting their management to climate change for the continuing benefit of the people of the Pacific Islands. Their mission is to: "Improve the ability of native island species and ecosystems to accommodate future climate change and related perturbations, and support the long-term protection of key cultural resources by providing useful projections of climate and natural resource change in the Pacific Islands, innovative management options, and a membership that supports coordinated action among institutional and community stakeholders.

 

 

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USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station

The Pacific Southwest (PSW) Research Station represents the research and development branch of the U. S. Forest Service in the states of California and Hawaii and the U. S. affiliated Pacific Islands. Its mission is to develop and communicate science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and their benefits to society. The PSW Research Station plays a leadership role in climate change and greenhouse gas science at national and international levels. Research of PSW scientists focuses on assessing climates, evaluating ecosystem responses, promoting approaches to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and developing adaptation strategies to manage natural resources in the face of changing climates.