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The application of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in marine environments has been widely supported by scientists, managers, and policy makers, yet implementation of this approach is difficult for various scientific, political, and social reasons. A key, but often overlooked, challenge is how to account for multiple and varied human activities and ecosystem services and incorporate ecosystem-level thinking into EBM planning.

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Under natural resource ecosystems shared across communities and nations, the distribution among stakeholders of risks and vulnerability to climate change is likely to be uneven on account of the nature of their stakes in the ecosystems, the degree of their dependence and the extent of degradation of the natural resources.

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Adaptation in forestry is sustainable forest management that includes a climate change focus. Climate change over the next 100 years is expected to have significant impacts on forest ecosystems. The forestry community needs to evaluate the long-term effects of climate change on forests and determine what the community might do now and in the future to respond to this threat. Management can influence the timing and direction of forest adaptation at selected locations, but in many situations society will have to adjust to however forests adapt.

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There is evidence that climate change is already affecting biodiversity and will continue to do so. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment ranks climate change among the main direct drivers affecting ecosystems. Consequences of climate change on the species component of biodiversity include:

•changes in distribution,

•increased extinction rates,

•changes in reproduction timings, and

•changes in length of growing seasons for plants.

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Cities and other local authorities have a critical stake in the adaptation of water management to a changing climate. Virtually all the world’s future population growth is predicted to take place in cities and their urban landscapes. The UN estimates a global increase from the 2.9 billion urban residents in the 1990s to a staggering 5.0 billion by 2030. By 2030, 1 in 4 persons will live in a city of 500,000 people, and 1 in 10 will live in a mega-city of 10 million or more. How will climate change and variability affect water services and water safety for these many millions?

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More frequent and intense climate extremes are expected as the climate changes; this, combined with changing patterns of exposure and vulnerability, is creating new geographic distributions of risk that need to be addressed explicitly through public policy. Disaster risk assessments are produced and promoted on the basis that they provide the information, analysis and knowledge needed to make sound choices and investments that reduce the human impact of environmental hazards.

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2 Brattle Square
02138-3780 Cambridge , MA
United States
42° 22' 24.5064" N, 71° 7' 18.4872" W
Massachusetts US
Organization Overview: 

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

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555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1095
Sacramento , CA
United States
38° 34' 57.0936" N, 121° 29' 12.5376" W
California US
Organization Overview: 

Resources Legacy Fund advances the conservation of natural resources through creative solutions customized to the philanthropic goals of donors. Our distinctive approach draws on deep expertise and experience, entrepreneurial strategies, strong relationships, and a commitment to collaboration. On behalf of our funders, we apply these strengths to transform philanthropy into permanent conservation legacies.

Adaptation work: 

Resources Legacy Fund can create a solution to address any conservation goal, large or small, virtually anywhere. We deploy multiple approaches and strategies, as well as deep experience, expertise, flexibility, and insight in a wide range of areas, including policy development, coalition building, public funding, conservation planning and science, and the design and implementation of broad-scale initiatives. Our programs are designed to work in complex and sometimes controversial arenas.

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1881 Ninth Street Suite 201
80302 Boulder , CO
United States
40° 0' 56.5992" N, 105° 17' 2.7672" W
Colorado US
Organization Overview: 

Stratus Consulting provides innovation and excellence in environmental research and consulting, combined with a commitment to client service. Our staff have demonstrated a commitment to technical excellence, innovation, integrity, and client services. We offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary expertise in environmental sciences and natural resources, environmental economics, environmental information management, litigation support, and policy analysis. Our clients include federal, state, tribal, and international government agencies, as well as utilities, industries, and law firms.

Adaptation work: 

Stratus Consulting is one of the premiere research firms in the world working on vulnerability to climate change. Our work includes analysis of climate model output to assess likelihood of change in key climate variables at the regional level. We also can apply climate change scenarios to examine water resources and ecological impacts.

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3750 Centerview Drive
20151 Chantilly , VA
United States
38° 54' 4.05" N, 77° 25' 44.7456" W
Virginia US
Organization Overview: 

Engility's business strategy is based on an economic model that provides precisely the services needed at the best possible cost. Our portfolio of offerings reflects a lifecycle of capabilities that aligns with the critical priorities of the U.S. Government, both domestically and globally.

We support our customers with a wide range of specialized technology and mission expertise. We are organized to be agile and adaptive, allowing us to deliver the resources and services required to meet current and evolving customer needs efficiently and effectively.

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Advancing Climate Resilient Development Symposium

The Symposium launched with a discussion of USAID's Climate-Resillient Development (CRD) Framework, developed under the CCRD project. The CRD Framework uses a "development-first" approach to include climate considerations into development planning and decision making.

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