Protecting Fish, Wildlife, Plants, and Ecosystems in a Changing Climate
The Strategy identifies seven goals for helping fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems cope with the impacts of climate change and identifies the scientific and technical capacity needed to implement them. Since its release in 2013, Federal, state, and tribal agencies have worked together through a Joint Implementation Working Group (JIWG) to promote the Strategy as a resource for
In 2016, the partnership launched the first national Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources to recognize exemplary efforts by Federal, state, tribal, local, and non-governmental individuals and entities to help safeguard America’s living natural resources from climate change. The first-ever award recipients were chosen from among 47 diverse nominees from Federal, state, tribal, local, and non-governmental organizations. The JIWG is also assisting in the coordination of the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative, a focused Federal effort by NOAA, DOI, EPA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that builds on existing collaborative landscape-conservation partnerships to help ensure that long-term conservation efforts take climate change into account.
There are many examples of efforts across the United States that have been informed by the Strategy and the JIWG. The state of California is working with partners to develop a reintroduction plan for winter-run Chinook salmon that will support a more resilient population in the face of climate change. NOAA Fisheries has released a climate-change science strategy to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information to fulfill agency mandates. An interagency collaboration, led by the Bureau of Land Management, is developing a National Seed Strategy to ensure the availability of appropriate seeds in a changing climate. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is modeling future conditions to estimate the impacts from sea-level rise and
Going forward, the continued success of this effort relies on sustained action and engagement by Federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and many partners at all levels. This effort is led by the FWS, NOAA, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (on behalf of states more broadly), and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.