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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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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.




University of Oregon Institute for a Sustainable Environment

The Institute for a Sustainable Environment, based at the University of Oregon, is an interdisciplinary research center focused on ecological, economic, and social sustainability. The Institute produces information to help resolve complex problems and enable people to sustain the economies and environmental systems that support their communities.




University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

The Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island is dedicated to advancing coastal management worldwide. In addition to assisting in the development and implementation of coastal management programs in Rhode Island and the United States, the Center is active in countries throughout the world promoting the sustainable use of coastal resources for the benefit of all. Implementing coastal management projects in the field, building capacity through education and training, and sharing lessons learned and information throughout the coastal community are the foundation of the Coastal Resources Center's work.




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.