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U.S. State Wildlife Action Plans, Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies

In 2002 Congress began funding the State Wildlife Grants program with the intent to conserve wildlife in the U.S. and in particular to prevent new listings of endangered species under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The State Wildlife Grants program provides federal grant funds for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats through annual appropriations to state wildlife agencies.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New York State Wildlife Action Plan

September 2015

The New York State Wildlife Action Plan is a ten year plan designed to protect threatened and declining wildlife populations across the state, and to guide biodiversity conservation initiatives.  For the 2015 update, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and agency partners completed assessments for nearly 600 wildlife species, and identified 366 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) for immediate conservation action. Climate change, along with pollution, invasive species, and loss of habitat to development are the threats that are considered of highest concern to New York’s SGCN - and the plan includes many strategies to address climate impacts on these species.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Maryland State Wildlife Action Plan (2015-2025)

June 2016

Maryland’s State Wildlife Action Plan identifies conservation priorities for wildlife and their habitats across the state. The 2015 SWAP dedicates an entire chapter to new information on climate change impacts and the vulnerability of Maryland’s key wildlife and habitats.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Oregon Conservation Strategy - State Wildlife Action Plan, 2016 Update

2016

Originally published in 2006, the Oregon Conservation Strategy was updated in 2012 and 2016, and is the official State Wildlife Action Plan for Oregon. The Strategy is a plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s fish and wildlife, and presents non-regulatory recommended actions and tools for state agents, and the general public. The Key Conservation Issues identified include climate change, and the plan offers a number of goals and actions in support of wildlife adaptation to climate impacts in Oregon.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Lee County, Florida Climate Change Resiliency Strategy (CCRS)

October 6, 2010

Building on the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Lee County, Florida the CCRS includes a process for identifying potential climate change resiliency strategies through coordination and consultation with local government leadership in 39 Lee County departments and divisions. Identification of resiliency strategies that could be utilized by Lee County to reduce the negative effects of climate change help in positioning the County to take advantage of potential climate prosperity opportunities.

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Authors or Affiliated Users: James W. Beever III, Jason Utley, David Hutchinson, Tim Walker, Dan Cobb

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Puerto Rico State of the Climate 2010-2013: Assessing Puerto Rico’s Social-Ecological Vulnerabilities in a Changing Climate

2013

Puerto Rico’s State of the Climate report is a comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessment for Puerto Rico as of 2013. It is comprised of three individual assessment reports focused on climate change impacts to Geophysical and Chemical Science, Ecology and Biodiversity, and the Economy and Society of the island territory. The overall assessment concludes that the coastal communities of Puerto Rico, critical infrastructure, economic development, tourism, natural resources and biodiversity, and cultural and historic resources are all vulnerable to climate change.

Related Organizations: Puerto Rico Climate Change Council, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning (Final Report)

March 2010

Because land protection decisions are long-term, hard to reverse, and resource intensive, these decisions are important to consider in the context of climate change. Climate change may directly affect the services intended for protection and parcel selection can exacerbate or ameliorate certain impacts. Therefore, when considering long-term acquisition strategies, land protection programs should be considering both the mitigation potential of land through carbon sequestration and the adaptation potential of the land for preserving wildlife migration routes, protecting water sources, and buffering infrastructure and development from storm events.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Capacity and Likelihood of Climate Change Adaptation in the World's Fisheries

February 13, 2008

Contributing scientists have calculated the likely impact of climate change on the distribution of more than 1,000 species of fish around the world. This research was carried out by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Princeton University.

Related Organizations: Princeton University, University of East Anglia, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Cheung, Vicky Lam, Jorge Sarmiento, Kelly Kearney, Reg Watson, Daniel Pauly

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Assessing the Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species

2008

This report presents a conceptual framework and review of the interactive effects of climate change and invasive species in freshwater ecosystems. It explains the complex interactions between climate change and invasive species that will influence how aquatic ecosystems and their biota will respond to fluctuating environmental conditions.

Related Organizations: University of Wyoming, University of Washington

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank J. Rahel, Julian D. Olden

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007

2008

This assessment discusses current and future risks and opportunities that climate change presents to Canada, with a focus on human and managed systems. It is based on a critical analysis of existing knowledge, including both published scientific and technical literature and expert knowledge. The current state of understanding is presented, and key knowledge gaps are identified. Many of the chapters address issues specific to a particular region. However there are also chapters that address Canada in the international context, and moving forward on adaptation.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Canada

Authors or Affiliated Users: Donald S. Lemmen, Quentin Chiotti, Fiona J. Warren, Jacinthe Lacroix, Paul Egginton, Chris Furgal, Terry D. Prowse, Liette Vasseur, Norm R. Catto, Alain Bourque, Guillaume Simonet, Beth Lavender, David Sauchyn, Ian J. Walker, Robin Sydneysmith, James P. Bruce, Erik Haites, Ian Burton

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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