SS 2 - A Blueprint for a Changing World: The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

Monday, August 6, 2012: 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Portland Blrm 252, Oregon Convention Center
Kate Freund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Roger Griffis, NOAA Fisheries Service
From the Arctic to the Everglades, impacts like rising sea levels, warmer temperatures, loss of sea ice, and changing precipitation patterns are affecting the species we care about and the ecosystem services we value. In addition to ensuring the sustainability of these resources along with their many ecological, economic, and recreational benefits, we have an obligation to safeguard our nation’s natural heritage in a changing world. Developed in response to calls from both Congress and the White House, the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a unified approach—reflecting shared principles and science-based practices—for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, and the natural systems upon which they depend. This unprecedented collaborative effort has involved dozens of federal, state, and tribal agencies as well as input and support from conservation organizations, industry groups, and private landowners. The purpose of the Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource professionals, legislators and other decision makers to take action to adapt to a changing climate. The report centers on seven primary goals for helping our nation’s species cope with the impacts of climate change. It is intended to serve as a call to action–a blueprint for effective steps that can be taken (or at least initiated) over the next five to ten years. This session will provide an overview of the Strategy, as well as how this report was developed and how it will be implemented over the next few years.
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