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This tab includes case studies of land management and other conservation approaches that are being taken at all levels of government to prepare for impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystems.  

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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

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Managing Risks to Conservation Investments Through Climate Adaptation

April 25, 2019

The Wildlife Conservation Society partnered with the Climate Resilience Fund to offer this guidance for investors funding conservation projects - such as private foundations, public agencies and local governments - on how to consider climate change risks inherent in their investments. Climate change is causing dramatic and unpredictable effects on ecosystems and natural resources - creating uncertainties for conservation funding decision making and the future outcome of investments. This guidance for conservation investors supports intentionality in anticipating and assessing climate change risks, which in turn safeguards these investments to advance conservation goals.

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Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans - Voluntary Guidance to States for Revision and Implementation

November 2012

In 2005, Congress mandated that state fish and wildlife agencies develop State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) that identified the species and habitats in greatest conservation need, key threats, and recommended actions - in order to receive federal funding through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies prepared a report with guidance focused on integrating climate change adaptation planning into SWAPs in 2009 - Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans and Other Management Plans.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Guide to Climate-Smart Meadow Restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

May 2019

This handbook was designed to support climate-smart meadow restoration projects in the mountain meadows of northern California. The report offers guidance on incorporating climate change impacts into a meadow vulnerability assessment, and adaptive measures into restoration planning and design. The report describes how to conduct a vulnerability assessment, and how to apply Point Blue’s climate-smart restoration principles to address those vulnerabilities with adaptation measures. The guide describes desired meadow restoration outcomes, climate projections for the Sierra Nevada region, and includes a summary of a climate vulnerability assessment for four riparian meadow restoration projects in the northern Sierra and southern Cascades.

Related Organizations: Point Blue Conservation Science (PRBO)

Author or Affiliated User: Marian Vernon

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Taking Action: A Progress Report on the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

2014

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a framework to support adaptation and conservation of the country’s natural communities over the next five to 10 years (from 2013), based on climate change projections for the next century. The multi-partner strategy outlines a unified approach to maintaining the key terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems needed to sustain fish, wildlife and plant resources under the accelerating impacts of climate change.  This Taking Action progress report describes 50 projects that demonstrate implementation of a variety of actions recommended by the Strategy.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework

2011

To address climate change impacts on northern Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin forests, the ‘Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework’ was established in 2011. The project has involved more than 40 scientists and natural resource professionals collaborating to assess the vulnerability of forest ecosystems to climate change – developing the Framework for resource management, conservation, and collaboration in adaptation planning. 

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative

From the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), the Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative (DELSI) is a pilot project designed to stabilize eroding shorelines of tidal marshes. PDE with Rutgers University has developed the "DELSI Tactic" of living shorelines which uniquely uses a combination of native wetland plants, natural structures, and intertidal shellfish to trap sediment and absorb waves. The DELSI Tactic provides an economical approach to communities that are struggling to combat the erosion of tidal marshes.

Related Organizations: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Rutgers University

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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Beyond Season's End: A Path Forward for Fish and Wildlife in the Era of Climate Change

2009

Seasons End: Global Warming's Threat to Hunting and Fishing (see separate entry)  described the impacts of climate change to coldwater fisheries, big game, upland birds, and waterfowl. A year later, this book, Beyond Seasons' End, was released to explain what can be done to protect fish and wildlife populations and sporting traditions under changing climate conditions. It presents ideas from fish and wildlife professionals about actions that the human community can take to assist the wild community adapting to climate change.

Related Organizations: Trout Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, Bipartisan Policy Center, BASS/ESPN Outdoors, Izaac Walton League of America, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), American Sportfishing Association, Pheasants Forever Inc., Boone and Crockett Club

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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.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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