South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint
The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. It identifies opportunities for shared conservation action in the face of future changes like sea level rise and urban growth.
Released in November 2017, Version 2.2 of the Blueprint is totally data-driven, prioritizing the lands and waters of the South Atlantic based on the current condition of terrestrial, freshwater, marine, and cross-ecosystem indicators. Through a connectivity analysis, Blueprint 2.2 also identifies corridors that link coastal and inland areas and span climate gradients. So far, more than 500 people from 150 different organizations have actively participated in developing the Blueprint. The South Atlantic Blueprint also integrates with a broader Southeast-wide plan as part of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS).
Members of the cooperative have already used the Blueprint to bring national fire resilience funding to the region, compete for coastal wetlands protection and climate-smart wildlife management grants, provide landscape-scale context for public lands planning, and prioritize fish passage efforts. Through a transparent process, a science-based plan, and a user-friendly product, the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative intends the Blueprint to eventually become a "gold standard" for guiding large landscape conservation.
The Blueprint is available online through two mapping viewers: the Simple Viewer and the Conservation Planning Atlas (see also the separate Tool page for the South Atlantic LCC Conservation Planning Atlas). The Simple Viewer summarizes Blueprint priorities, indicator status, and supporting information within subwatersheds and marine lease blocks. The Conservation Planning Atlas allows users to overlay additional datasets, view indicator layers, and download Blueprint data.