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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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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA predicts dangerous weather, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve stewardship of the environment.




National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves and restores the nation’s native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation funding to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds.




National Estuarine Research Reserve System

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a federal-state partnership. The federal government provides funding and administers the system, but the sites are managed on a day to day basis by state agencies, universities and other local partners. The Reserve System has identified climate change and its impacts as strategic priorities, and is developing an initiative with key actions to address climate change adaptation, mitigation, and to promote resilience of estuary ecosystems.




National Climate Adaptation Science Center

The USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center) is the managing entity for eight regional Department of the Interior Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) across the continental U. S. , Alaska, Hawai'i, and U. S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.  CASCs are researching climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, habitats, and other resources - to provide information and decision-making tools to support climate resilient ecosystems and communities.




National Audubon Society

Audubon's Mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Nearly 500 local Chapters nationwide engage members in grassroots conservation action; while their environmental policy, education and science experts guide lawmakers, agencies, and grassroots in shaping conservation plans, actions and the policies to support them. More than 2,500 Audubon-designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) identify, prioritize and protect vital bird habitat from coast to coast.




National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

NACWA believes that climate change is primarily a water issue, and the Association's advocacy focuses on the interrelationships between water resources and climate change, including the needs of clean water agencies in adapting to climate change impacts and further research about these impacts.




NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a division of the Department of Commerce, is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States' Exclusive Economic Zone (water three to 200 miles offshore). Using the tools provided by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service assesses and predicts the status of fish stocks, ensures compliance with fisheries regulations and works to reduce wasteful fishing practices.




Model Forest Policy Program

Composed of natural resource experts, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is a national nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to forest stewardship and sustainable forestry practices by private forestland owners. The MFPP is designed to train and support rural communities across the nation to build climate adaptation strategies via an online learning platform and live coaching.   




Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) develops research, education, and outreach programs, and focuses on one the following priority areas: 1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, 2) Safe and Sustainable Seafood, 3) Sustainable Coastal Communities, and 4) Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities. The mission of the MASGC is to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources to benefit the economy and environment in Alabama and Mississippi. To fulfill this mission, MASGC commits to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship and community-based natural resources management so that coastal and marine resources are conserved and managed for a sustainable economy and environment.




Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM)

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is a part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). The mission of the CMZ is to balance the impacts of human activity with the protection of coastal and marine resources.