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Organizations Working on Ecosystems

Organizations that work on adaptation in the biodiversity and ecosystems sectors are listed below.

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Geos Institute

The Geos Institute is a nonprofit, science-based organization dedicated to helping both human and natural communities predict and prepare for a changing climate. The Institute applies the best available science to natural resource conservation issues through its scientific publications and its ability to link respected scientists to decision makers. Consulting services and planning tools are available to communities for climate risk assessments, adaptation and resiliency solutions. 




Global Invasive Species Programme

The Global Invasive Species Programme is an international partnership dedicated to tackling the global threat of invasive species. Established in response to the first international meeting on invasive alien species held in Trondheim, Norway (1996), GISP's mission is to conserve biodiversity and sustain livelihoods by minimizing the spread and impact of invasive species. GISP provides support to the implementation of Article 8(h) of the Convention on Biological Diversity and has contributed extensively to the knowledge and awareness of invasive species through the development of a range pf products and publications including the Global Strategy on Invasive Alien Species and Invasive Alien Species: A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management Practices.




Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments Center (GLISA) - RISA

GLISA is a member of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. GLISA is a partnership between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, housed in the Graham Sustainability Institute's Climate Center. 




Gulf of Mexico Alliance

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance has identified six priority issues including water quality, habitat conservation and restoration, ecosystem integration and assessment, nutrients and nutrient impacts, coastal community resilience, and environmental education.




Hawaii Conservation Alliance

The mission of the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance (HCA) is to provide unified leadership and advocacy on conservation issues critical to Hawai'i. Their purpose is to work together to continue a legacy of stewardship and to achieve the goal of promoting the preservation of native terrestrial and marine ecosystems, increasing the diversity of native species, and ensuring that the unique biodiversity of the islands is maintained into the future.




Hawaii Sea Grant

The University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant), founded in 1968, promotes better understanding, conservation, and use of coastal resources. UH Sea Grant works in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to identify Hawaiʻi’s critical resource management issues and guide scientific research to address these challenges.




Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (East Carolina University)

The Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (ICSP) works to understand North Carolina coastal systems so that the problems and opportunities associated with them can be addressed. Research in the Institute concentrates on four main areas and their interrelationships including coastal ecology, coastal geoscience, social science, and public policy.   One objective of the Institute is to develop methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives that advance the understanding of the coastal environment and human systems, drawing on emerging technologies and conceptual tools such as systems and network theory, geographic information sciences, and computer-based modeling.




International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification

State, local and tribal governments of the U.S. and Canada along with Chile, Nigeria and France, have formed the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification. Along with advancing the science of ocean acidification and working to reduce the cause and severity of this climate change impact, the Alliance will work in support of inclusion of ocean health and ocean acidification mitigation, adaptation and resiliency strategies in international climate agreements.




Lake Champlain Sea Grant

The Lake Champlain Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the University of Vermont and Plattsburgh State University of New York and part of a national network coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.   The project's mission is to identify and address critical ecological and economic issues affecting the Lake Champlain basin and its resources and to share that information. This program empowers communities, businesses, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding the management, conservation, utilization, and rehabilitation of their aquatic resources for long-term environmental health and economic growth.




Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities

The Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities provides leadership and support to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). This office also directs and coordinates the development and implementation of policies, plans, and programs which encourage multiple uses of the coastal zone and achieve a proper balance between development and conservation, restoration, creation, and nourishment of coastal resources. .