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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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Southwest Fisheries Science Center - NOAA Fisheries Service

The Southwest Fisheries Science Center is the research arm of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service in the Southwest Region. Center scientists conduct biological, economic, and oceanographic research on marine resources throughout the Pacific Ocean and in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica, to ensure that these populations remain healthy and at sustainable levels. Responsibilities include maintaining healthy fish stocks for commercial, recreational and subsistence fishing; conserving and recovering populations of protected species; sustaining ecosystem services; and coordinating with domestic and international organizations to implement and monitor fishery agreements and treaties.




Teaming with Wildlife

Teaming with Wildlife is a coalition of more than 6,300 organizations, including state fish & wildlife agencies, wildlife biologists, hunters, anglers, birdwatchers, hikers, nature-based businesses and other conservationists, who support the goal of restoring and conserving U. S. wildlife; preventing wildlife from becoming endangered.   A national steering committee of thirteen conservation organizations provides national leadership for the Teaming with Wildlife initiative, setting national strategy and supporting the activities of state coalitions.




Texas Sea Grant

The Texas Sea Grant College Program is dedicated to the understanding, wise use and stewardship of the state's coastal and marine resources. The Texas program is housed at Texas A&M University, and works with academic institutions, agencies and industries throughout the state and also supports regional activities, including research, in collaboration with the other Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs. The program involves coastal and marine-related research, marine advisory services and communications.




The Heinz Center

The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, or the Heinz Center, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the scientific and economic foundation for environmental policy.




The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society is a leading conservation organization working to protect the nation's public lands, the 635 million acres collectively owned by the American people and managed by our government. Since its founding in 1935, The Society has led the effort to permanently protect as designated Wilderness nearly 110 million acres in 44 states. They work strategically and collaboratively with land managers, decision makers, and other interested citizens to find common-ground solutions. The Wilderness Society has made it a top priority to protect public lands and wildlife from the effects of climate change and to increase the role of those lands in fighting global warming.




The Wildlife Society

The Wildlife Society (TWS), founded in 1937, is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational association dedicated to wildlife stewardship. Their mission is "to enhance the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve biodiversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society. " The Wildlife Society encourages professional growth through certification, peer-reviewed publications, conferences, and working groups. TWS 'sections' are regional networks of The Wildlife Society in North America and encompass several states or provinces.




U.S. EPA Climate Ready Estuaries

The Climate Ready Estuaries Program, of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, works to help coastal managers protect estuaries from the effects of climate change. Climate Ready Estuaries provides a variety of information on developing coastal adaptation plans for coastal managers both within the National Estuary Programs and elsewhere. These resources relate to vulnerability assessments, developing and implementing adaptation strategies, engaging and educating stakeholders, and sharing past experience with coastal managers.




USACE Responses to Climate Change Program

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) climate and global change adaptation goal is to develop practical, nationally consistent and regionally tailored, legally justifiable and cost-effective adaptation measures, both structural and nonstructural, that will reduce vulnerabilities and improve resilience to these challenges (USACE Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Report 2011- see separate entry). The entire portfolio of USACE Civil Works water resources infrastructure and programs, existing and proposed, may be affected by climate change and require some form of adaptation.




Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant serves communities, industries, and the people of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest and the nation through research, education and outreach by: 1) Identifying and addressing important marine issues; 2) Providing better tools for management of the marine environment and use of its resources; and 3) Initiating and supporting strategic partnerships within the marine community. Washington Sea Grant-sponsored research maximizes the productive use of marine resources while preserving and helping to restore essential qualities of a healthy marine environment.




Wisconsin Sea Grant

Wisconsin Sea Grant is a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources. The program's primary areas of focus are in aquaculture, aquatic invasive species, coastal engineering, marine and aquatic science education, fisheries, geographic information systems, habitat restoration, water quality and water safety.   Research projects focused on climate change adaptation of coastal communities are being done on behalf of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, with funding from NOAA's Climate Program Office.