Adaptive Action for Fish, Wildlife, and Plants in a Changing Climate
Fish, wildlife, and plants are integral parts of ecosystems that provide jobs, food, clean water, storm protection, recreation, and many other services that benefit society. Observed changes in climate are already impacting these valuable living resources, and projected future changes threaten to displace or eliminate some species. In response to a call from Congress to meet this challenge, a partnership of Federal, state, and tribal agencies released the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy in 2013. The Strategy is a call to action, laying out seven overarching science and management recommendations for a collective response to
The development of the Strategy was led by FWS, NOAA, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (on behalf of states more broadly). Since its release, agencies have worked across levels of government to promote it as a resource for
A Progress Report released in September 2014 highlighted 50 examples of agencies and stakeholders working together to address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and plants. These examples demonstrate the diversity of projects, scales of planning, and breadth of partnerships needed to integrate climate change in conservation planning. Over the next year, a forward-looking report on planned activities will provide a more complete picture of how the Strategy is being applied, and its implementation will help to fill critical gaps in research, monitoring, and training.