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This tab includes guides to help practitioners conduct an adaptation plan assessing impacts to ecosystems and biodiversity. 

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Climate Change Preparation Planning on National Landscape Conservation System Lands: Recommendations for Direction and Approach

January 2010

This report provides specific recommendations are provided for Conservation System managers as they incorporate climate change impacts into planning documents and management strategies. The guidance was designed to help agencies, primarily the Bureau of Land Management, to develop planning frameworks that were to be implemented starting in 2010.

Related Organizations: National Center for Conservation Science and Policy

Author or Affiliated User: Marni E. Koopman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change Preparation Planning on National Landscape Conservation System Lands

January 2010

The National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) is a collection of BLM lands which are mandated to protect specific resources, including  natural, cultural, geologic, scenic, scientific, and recreational resources, found within their boundaries. Several agencies, including the BLM and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, are mandated by DOI Secretarial Order 3289 to "consider and analyze potential climate change impacts when undertaking long-range planning exercises, setting priorities for scientific research, developing multi-year management plans, and making major decisions about the potential use of resources under the Department's purview.

Related Organizations: Geos Institute

Author or Affiliated User: Marni Koopman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adapting Governance to Climate Change: Managing Uncertainty Through a Learning Infrastructure

2009

This report addresses the challenges and limitations of natural resource governance to cope with the effects of climate change, and highlights uncertainty as limiting the capacity for advancing adaptation measures.   It recommends that legislators adopt an “adaptive governance” - the systematic assessment and adaptation of management decisions and regulatory programs. The article also proposes a comprehensive strategy for managing uncertainty by promoting a "learning infrastructure. " With this strategy, legislators establish and promote use of a shared information infrastructure that provides regulators opportunities to learn from the knowledge and experience of other regulators and respond to rapid changes in natural systems, scientific knowledge, and technology.

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change (External Review Draft)

November 2009

The framework presented in this report may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. There are four modules that compose this framework. These modules walk the user through a systematic process for (1) categorizing a species’ baseline vulnerability to extinction or major population reduction, (2) categorizing a species’ vulnerability to future climate change, (3) developing a matrix that provides an overall score of the species’ vulnerability to non-climate and climate change stressors, and (4) qualitatively determining the uncertainty in the estimate of a species’ vulnerability.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hector Galbraith, Jeff Price

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans & Other Management Plans

November 2009

This document provides voluntary guidance that can be used by state fish and wildlife agencies to better incorporate current and expected impacts of climate change into Wildlife Action Plans. The report presents steps for developing a wildlife adaptation strategy, the process for revising state Wildlife Action Plans, and tools to support the planning and implementation process, including vulnerability assessments and monitoring. Relevant case studies are included in each chapter.

Related Organizations: Teaming with Wildlife, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the 28 page companion illustrated booklet of the full report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.

Related Organizations: National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

Author or Affiliated User: Javier Saborio

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Analysis of Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife Habitat in the U.S.

October 31, 2008

This report, from the Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program (WHPRP) and the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, was created as guidance for state agencies to effectively factor climate change into their State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). The primary objective of this project was to develop methods and analyses to provide to state wildlife agencies with information on the magnitude of projected impacts of climate change on terrestrial wildlife habitats and viable options for minimizing those impacts.

Related Organizations: USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marni Koopman, Linda A. Joyce, Curtis H. Flather

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Stormy Seas: Land Trusts Navigate the Uncertainties Surrounding Climate Change

2009

This three-page article reviews the ways that climate change mitigation activities and adaptation strategies may connect to the core work of land trusts - particularly land acquisition and stewardship. This paper provides a basic framework that land trusts can use to decide whether they might integrate climate considerations into their activities and general guidelines in order to do so. .

Related Organizations: Land Trust Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: Brad Gentry

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and Forests of the Future: Managing in the Face of Uncertainty

2007

This article offers a conceptual framework for managing forested ecosystems given the uncertainty of the impacts of climate change. The article addresses both mitigation and adaptation strategies. The adaptation strategies presented include resistance options (forestall impacts and protect highly valued resources), resilience options (improve the capacity of ecosystems to return to desired conditions after disturbance), and response options (facilitate transition of ecosystems from current to new conditions).

Related Organizations: University of California, Berkeley, Ecological Society of America (ESA), USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Constance I. Millar, Nathan L. Stephenson, Scott L. Stephens

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation

August 10, 2016

Supported by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CALCC) and the Southwest Climate Science Center, the study "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation” provides specific steps to help identify and manage climate refugia - or resilient and climate-stable havens for plants, animals, and fishes.   Climate change refugia, here defined as “areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources” - need to be identified, managed, and conserved for at-risk species.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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