Development of National Fish and Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy

Dan Ashe, Michael Hutchins
Posted on: 4/27/2010 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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A National Fish and Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy is an agreement among major conservation interests (e.g. local governments, states, tribes, conservation organizations, federal agencies, and private landowners) that identifies and defines principles and methods to maintain key terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and functions needed to sustain fish, wildlife and plant resources in the face of accelerating climate change.

In short, it is a blueprint for action that outlines appropriate scientific support (including inventory, monitoring, research and modeling to inform management decisions); the need for and importance of collaboration and interdependency; and the financial resources (including grants, appropriated funds, private contributions) to implement the decisions. The strategy will enable the national and international conservation communities to harness collective expertise, authorities, and abilities to define and prioritize a shared set of conservation goals and objectives, as well as prescribe a plan of concerted action.


Ashe, D., Hutchins, M., Kostyack, J. (2009). Development of national fish and wildlife climate adaptation strategy [Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change Web Conference Series]. Retrieved from CAKE:

Affiliated Organizations

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization, with more than 6 million members supporters and an affiliate network in 52 states and territories. The National Wildlife Federation’s mission is to “unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world.”

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