Changing climate conditions have the potential to impact the Northwest's abundant natural resources, infrastructure, and diverse populations. Building the region's resilience before extreme events occur can help protect these assets.
- Climate change is already affecting the Northwest’s diverse natural resources. Proactive management can increase the resilience of many natural resources and the jobs that depend on them.
- Existing infrastructure already faces challenges from flooding, landslides, drought, wildfire, and heat waves. Adaptation strategies that have social and environmental co-benefits, or address more than one sector, can increase resilience.
- Communities on the front lines of climate change—tribes and Indigenous peoples, those most dependent on natural resources, and the economically disadvantaged—experience the first, and often the worst, effects.
- The social and cultural cohesion in Northwest communities can serve as a foundation to build community capacity and increase resilience. Culturally appropriate adaptation strategies can help to increase the resilience of the region’s natural capital.
Abundant natural assets
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Mt. Rainier National Park. Photo by Tony Varela Photography, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-v/42097429980 Used via a Creative Commons license, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/
10 April 2022 - 5:16pm