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Biodiversity and Ecosystems Law and Policy

This tab includes strategies for how to avoid or reduce climate change impacts to ecosystems. It also includes any laws, legislation, regulations, agency guidance, and executive orders relevant to biodiversity and ecosystems. 

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Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems

August 2003

Designed by the World Wildlife Fund for natural resource managers who are ready to confront the impacts of climate change, this manual brings together assessments and initial adaptation strategies for various ecosystems. Written by experts, and with 200+ pages, this manual introduces practical ideas to increase the resiliency of ecosystems and protected areas in response to the threat of climate change.

Related Organizations: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Global Climate Change and Wildlife

February 6, 2007

This 2007 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report for Congress addresses three topics: climate change effects on wildlife, the ability for wildlife to adapt to climate change, and policy implications. This high-level report identifies potential legislative implications that could result from climate change. For example, wildlife laws and management plans developed with an understanding of the life history, distribution, and habitat needs of species may warrant assessments to see if they function as desired under projected climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Congressional Research Service (CRS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Pervaze A. Sheikh; M. Lynne Corn, Jane A. Leggett, Peter Folger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Healing Troubled Waters: Preparing Trout and Salmon Habitat for a Changing Climate

October 2007

Trout Unlimited's report, Healing Troubled Waters, explains how climate change will impact trout and salmon populations and the waters in which they live. Based on research by Trout Unlimited scientists, the report provides recommendations for what can be done to help fish and rivers withstand these changes.

Related Organizations: Trout Unlimited

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jack E. Williams, Amy L. Haak, Nathaniel G. Gillespie, Helen M. Neville, Warren T. Colyer

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.4: Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources

June 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan H. Julius, Jordan M. West, Jill S. Baron, Linda A. Joyce, Peter Kareiva, Brian D. Keller, Margaret Palmer, Charles Peterson, Michael J. Scott

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Conservation and Management of Ecological Systems in a Changing California

November 2008

Developed by the Public Policy Institute of California as part of the Preparing California for a Changing Climate project, this report addresses conservation and resource management challenges, given current regulatory and governance structures, for protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change. The focus is on land-based conservation of natural habitat near developing urban areas and in more remote forested areas.

Related Organizations: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elisa Barbour, Lara Kueppers

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Strategies for Managing the Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Ecosystems

November 4, 2008

Published by the Heinz Center, this report provides a review of scientific literature on climate change adaptation as it relates to biodiversity conservation and wildlife management, and assesses climate change adaptation plans developed in the U.S.A., Canada, England, México, and South Africa.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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

2009

Beyond Seasons' End describes the impacts of climate change on fish, big game, upland birds, and waterfowl and how these species are responding to impacts. The report explains what can be done to protect fish and wildlife populations and sporting traditions under changing climate conditions, including case studies of successful adaptation and conservation projects. It presents a number of projects 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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Forest-Climate Working Group

February 2009

The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) is a broad and diverse coalition of forest stakeholders formed to develop consensus recommendations for U. S. forest components of federal climate legislation. The participants in the Forest-Climate Working Group — landowner, industry, conservation, wildlife, carbon finance, and forestry organizations — engaged in a year of facilitated consensus dialog to develop this policy platform. Their recommendations focus in three areas:  1) Offset Credits for Forest Carbon Activities; 2) Beyond Offsets - Incentive, Research, and Technical Assistance Programs; and 3) Forest Adaptation; which are detailed in this report.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Across the Landscape: A survey of federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and academic institutions in the United States

February 10, 2009

To better define "climate change adaptation" and to assess the current status of adaptation planning and implementation with the U. S. conservation community, 68 interviews across 44 organizations were conducted. These interviews included federal and state agency staff, conservationists within non-governmental organizations, and academic scientists thinking about or working on climate change adaptation. Using a survey guide and standard methodology, these experts were asked to define climate change adaptation, discuss ongoing adaptation planning efforts, provide examples of adaptation techniques and practices, and list costs associated with these techniques.

Related Organizations: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katie Theoharides, Gerald Barnhart, Patty Glick

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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A Review of Climate-Change Adaptation Strategies for Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Conservation

March 4, 2009

This report describes observed and potential effects of global climate change on species and ecosystems. It reviews climate change adaptation plans and other planning approaches from the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, and South Africa. The report also includes sixteen possible adaptation strategies, all proposed in scientific literature and public policy documents, that directly address the conservation of biological diversity. These strategies are grouped into four broad categories: land and water protection and management, direct species management, monitoring and planning, and law and policy.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jonathan R. Mawdsley, Robin O'Malley, Dennis S. Ojima

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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