​​Climate Change Adaptation Checklist for Climate Smart Projects: A Tool for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Posted on: 9/29/2022 -

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Kathryn Braddock

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Abstract

Climate change has implications for both the effectiveness and hazard risk potential of many projects and activities undertaken or reviewed by natural resource management agencies. Failing to evaluate the potential vulnerability of a project or action prior to implementation or approval can lead to missed opportunities to improve design, optimize siting or otherwise reduce risk.

This tool is designed to help you determine if given climate change your project will continue to deliver intended benefits.

The Checklist supports your ability to:

  • Explicitly evaluate the implications of future conditions on project function, longevity and impact
  • Build climate consideration directly into funding, permitting and planning phases
  • Reduce liabilities or avoid actions that will be ineffective under future conditions

Step 1: Climate Quick Check

Identify how the project may be impacted by climate change over its lifetime by considering a range of indicators

Step 2: Evaluation of Climate Impact on a Project

Explore potential of climate risk factors by answering specific questions and considering relevant, available data

Step 3: Synopsis & Adaptation Options

For each identified vulnerability in Step 2, develop adaptation options to avoid, minimize or mitigate future negative impacts, while delivering intended benefits. Use adaptation support resources to find potential options.

Citation

Hansen, L.J., J.B. Hansen and L. Helbrecht. 2021. California Department of Fish & Wildlife Adaptation Checklist for Climate Smart Projects. EcoAdapt. Bainbridge Island, WA.

Organization(s)

EcoAdapt is at the center of climate change adaptation innovation. We provide support, training, and assistance to make conservation and management less vulnerable and more Climate Savvy. Over the past 200 years, great strides have been made in the world of conservation and now all of that is at risk because of climate change. EcoAdapt is working to ensure the success of these past efforts by delivering a framework for climate adaptation.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and for their use and enjoyment by th public. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.

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