Rainbow Trout in Hand at Gechiak Creek from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

Use this framework to take immediate, effective action toward building ecosystem resilience and maintaining ecosystem services in the face of climate challenges.

People can take steps to help the country’s valuable natural resources—and the communities and economies that depend on them—be resilient as climate changes. The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy describes a set of goals and actions developed by teams of federal, state, and tribal managers and researchers, with input from many other organizations and the public.

The Strategy is organized around seven major goals that will help fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems adapt to changing conditions, and provides a list of practical actions that can be taken—or at least initiated—in the next five to ten years. These goals include:

Cover of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy report

The cover of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy report. See the link at right to download the full report.

  • Goal 1. Conserve habitat to support healthy fish, wildlife, and plant populations and ecosystem functions in a changing climate.
  • Goal 2. Manage species and habitats to protect ecosystem functions and provide sustainable cultural, subsistence, recreational, and commercial use in a changing climate.
  • Goal 3. Enhance capacity for effective management in a changing climate.
  • Goal 4. Support adaptive management in a changing climate through integrated observation and monitoring and use of decision support tools.
  • Goal 5. Increase knowledge and information on impacts and responses of fish, wildlife, and plants to a changing climate.
  • Goal 6. Increase awareness and motivate action to safeguard fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate.
  • Goal 7. Reduce non-climate stressors to help fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems adapt to a changing climate.

The Strategy is the beginning of a significant effort to take effective action to reduce risks and increase the resiliency of natural resources by providing a common framework for collective action. It also allows us to understand individual climate adaptation actions in the broader context of adaptation across our living natural resources.

The website provides access to the Strategy (as a PDF report) and associated materials, FAQs, case studies, associated awards, and information on the Joint Implementation Working Group (JIWG). The JIWG is a group of federal, state, and tribal agencies that work together to promote implementation of the Strategy, share information, build partnerships, and track progress. Meetings of the JIWG are open to all.

Image credit: Rainbow Trout in Hand at Gechiak Creek, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. CC-BY-2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, via Flickr.
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20 October 2017 - 4:22pm