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Biodiversity and Ecosystems Adaptation Strategies

This tab includes a broad range of policies, best practices, case studies, and analysis of adaptive management solutions for addressing climate impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems.  

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Coastal Risk Reduction and Resilience: Using the Full Array of Measures

September 2013

This US Army Corps of Engineers report details different measures for reducing coastal flooding and erosion risks, including natural or nature-based features (such as wetlands, dunes, and living shorelines), nonstructural interventions (such as land-use policies, building codes, and early warning systems), and structural measures (such as seawalls, levees, and breakwaters).    

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Various Adaptation Efforts are Underway at Key Natural Resource Management Agencies

May 2013

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reviewed what federal agencies are doing to incorporate climate change adaptation into their natural resource planning and management activities. In August 2007, the GAO reported that federal natural resource managers lacked specific guidance for incorporating climate change into their planning efforts and management actions. This report examines (1) steps key federal natural resource management agencies have taken since 2007 to address climate change adaptation and (2) how these agencies have collaborated with each other at the national level since 2007 to address climate change adaptation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit and Final Report

March 2013

The Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit is a web-based portal to many resources for decision and policy makers, waterfront landowners, and waterfront users. The Toolkit contains information about the historical and current use of waterfront space; the economic value of working waterfronts; and legal, policy, and financing tools that can be used to preserve, enhance, and protect these valuable areas. The Toolkit also features detailed case studies of successful working waterfronts initiatives from communities around the country.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts, Virginia Sea Grant, National Working Waterfront Network (NWWN)

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The State of Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region

October 2012

This report presents the results of a survey conducted by EcoAdapt of the climate change adaptation activities in the Great Lakes region as of 2012. The report provides an overview of key climate change impacts affecting the region, and a review of the adaptation efforts, especially those focused on the natural and built environments as they relate to freshwater resources or the freshwater/terrestrial interface.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt

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Washington Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines 2012 – Appendix A: Climate Change

April 2012

Washington’s 2012 Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines, prepared for the Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program, include a Climate Change Appendix that summarizes the science and impacts of climate change on stream habitat in Washington, and strategies for ensuring that stream habitat restoration efforts are designed to be resilient to climate change impacts. The purpose of the Guidelines is to promote process based natural stream restoration, rehabilitating aquatic and riparian ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Puget Sound Partnership, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Transportation

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Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use in Hawaii: A Policy Tool Kit for State and Local Governments

December 2011

This Policy Tool Kit was developed by the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (“ICAP”) and the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program. The Tool Kit surveys state adaptation plans, federal efforts, and other key sources to identify and discuss important land use policy tools for Hawai‘i, and suggests how these policies can be used by state and local governments to avoid or lessen the impacts of sea-level rise and related coastal hazards.

Related Organizations: Hawaii Sea Grant, Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy

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Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States

October 31, 2011

From the Georgetown Climate Center, this report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-dwelling bird: the greater sage grouse.  In doing so, the report also examines the role of states in adaptation planning and the intersection between state and federal authority.

Related Organizations: Stratus Consulting, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel Smith, Jason Vogel, Karen Carney, Colleen Donovan

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Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities

August 2011

In this report the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has compiled local and regional research findings about the water-related impacts of climate change in 12 U. S. cities. NRDC examined more than 75 scientific studies, as well as data and reports generated by government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The report makes clear that some of the most profound effects of climate change are water-related, such as sea-level rise, increased rain and storms, flooding, and drought, and that these kinds of events are likely to increase in the coming years as a result of climate change.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Dorfman, Michelle Mehta, Ben Chou, Steve Fleischli, Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot

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Adapting to Climate Change at Olympic National Forests: Olympic National Park

August 2011

From the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Northwest Research Station, this technical report details a case study determining how to adapt federal land management practices to climate change on the Olympic Peninsula. In collaboration with the Olympic National Park, the Olympic Climate Change Case Study was conducted at Olympic National Forest and involved sensitivity assessments, reviews of management activities and constraints, and focus-area adaptation workshops.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Gulf of Mexico Climate Change Adaptation Inventory

June 24, 2011

The Climate Change Adaptation Inventory is a compilation of climate adaptation activities and research initiatives taking place at the federal, state, and local levels in communities adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. The inventory focuses specifically on those projects and efforts that address climate change or sea level rise. Research activities captured by the inventory are limited to those projects that have applications to coastal communities, particularly planning and development, land management, and socioeconomic initiatives.

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