NOAA 2010 Workshop Series: Habitat Conservation in a Changing ClimateBy:
January 19, 2010
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Project Summary / Overview
In 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will host a series of meetings to create tools and strategies to help natural resource managers and decision makers prepare for changes in climate. These meetings will be focused on selective habitat conservation as a tool for climate change adaptation. Results from the meetings may be published in a document, as a website, or as a series of case studies.
The NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation is actively involved in helping municipalities incorporate sea level rise projections into future management plans. Having assisted regional planners to incorporate climate change impacts, NOAA staff realized that there was another group of decision makers that work in the natural environment that may be trying to plan for climate change. NOAA staff conducted a preliminary, internal survey of resource managers to assess the need for climate change adaptation assistance and it became apparent that managers needed help.
In 2010, NOAA's Office of Habitat Conservation will host a series of meetings targeted at federal agency and state-level habitat managers and selected NGOs. Tentatively, regional meetings will be held for the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and the Pacific Northwest. The goals of the regional meetings are:
- To build the capacity of managers to conserve coastal habitats in a changing climate, including protection and restoration of land to increase the resilience/adaptation potential to climate change.
- To identify key needs and solutions to help advance the protection of coastal habitats into the future.
Project Outcomes and Conclusions
After the meetings have concluded, the NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation hopes to create a summary document or a website to publish participants’ conclusions and associated case studies.