Okanagan Adaptation Strategies

The Okanagan Adaptation Strategies planning process was initiated by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative to address priorities identified through both the Climate Change Risk & Opportunity Assessment and the BC Agriculture Climate Change Action Plan (both available at www.bcagclimateaction.ca). 

In 2013–2014 the Regional Adaptation Enhancement Program was launched. The Program is delivered by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI) and is part of the BC Ministry of Agriculture’s Growing Forward 2 programming. Since the Program’s inception, additional adaptation plans have been completed for the Cariboo region (2014), the Fraser Valley region (2015), and now the Okanagan region. 

A Climate of Change Workshop Series: Fishermen, Scientists, and Managers Share Information to Prepare for an Uncertain Future

Location

New England
United States
41° 31' 48.612" N, 67° 40' 32.8116" W
US
Organization: 
Island Institute
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Summary: 

What happens to island and coastal communities in a shifting ocean? This is a question many of Maine’s island and coastal communities are beginning to ask. With changing conditions above and below the ocean, it is important to start identifying these shifts and what coastal communities can do to start preparing. Changes to the natural environment mean new species may start showing up in fishermen’s traps or species that historically were important start disappearing.

Climate Adaptation Plan for the Territories of the Yakama Nation

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation are a diverse people from many areas. We are the Kah-miltpah, Oche-Chotes, Palouse, Wenatchapam, Klickitat, Pesquose, See-ap-Cat, Yakama, Klinquit, Shyiks, Sk’in-pah, Kow-was-say-ee, Li-ay-was, and Wish-ham. Our tribes are strong and resilient people. We have lived on these lands for countless generations, from time immemorial. We will continue to flourish on our homelands for countless generations to come. 

 

This document is an acknowledgment that climate change is real and that it poses a threat to our grandchildren, our culture, and our way of living. This document represents the first collective effort by our many governmental departments and programs to identify (1) important resources and cultural components most likely to be impacted by climate change, (2) work we are currently undertaking that recognizes and will help to reduce climate change impacts, and (3) specific recommendations for deeper analyses of vulnerabilities and risks to our most important interests and adaptation actions that we should implement now. 

Human dimensions of climate change and fisheries in a coupled system: the Atlantic surfclam case

Research on changes in a coupled marine system of the Mid-Atlantic Bight, focusing on Atlantic surfclams and the associated fishery and management system, is reviewed for how the human dimensions of this coupled socio-ecological system are addressed by the researchers. Our foci are on economic modelling of spatial choices, using dynamic optimization with adjustments that reflect better the natural and socio-economic realities of the fishery and on ethnographic observations of decision processes, particularly those of the regional fishery management council, with particular emphasis on cognitive frames and management communities. These are designed to be integrated with and to complement biophysical modelling of the complex coupled socio-ecological system.

The State of Climate Change Adaptation in Water Resources of the Southeast United States and U.S. Caribbean

Learn about climate adaptation activities in the Southeast United States, focusing on water resources in 11 states in the Southeast including- Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, and Florida - as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

MaPP Marine Plan Portal

Location

Canada
53° 42' 47.7396" N, 132° 27' 32.0868" W
CA
Tool Overview: 

The MaPP Marine Plan Portal is a sophisticated tool that allows users to look at the MaPP sub-regional marine spatial plan zones, get information on recommended uses and activities for each zone, view a variety of data layers related to the planning process and plan implementation and learn more about the North Pacific Coast of British Columbia – the MaPP study area. The portal displays the approved MaPP sub-regional marine spatial plan zones and has more than 250 data layers including administrative boundaries, species, habitats and marine uses. The Marine Plan Portal can be used to:

NOAA's Ocean Climate Change Web Portal

Location

United States
33° 1' 1.3152" N, 123° 15' 13.0212" W
US
Tool Overview: 

 The NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division (PSD) conducts weather and climate research to observe and understand Earth's physical environment, and to improve weather and climate predictions on global-to-local scales. This is an experimental web tool designed to explore changes projected in the oceans by coupled climate models' CMIP5 experiments (historical, RCP8.5 and RCP4.5).

Cal-IPC's mission is to protect California's lands and waters from ecologically-damaging invasive plants through science, education and policy.

Incorporating Climate Resilience into Invasive Plant Management Projects: Guidance for Land Managers

Climate resilience is a high priority for protecting wildlife habitat and ecosystem services. The health of watersheds is critical for protecting water quality downstream. Invasive plant management can protect such ecological function and support resilience to climate change. This report describes our perspective on connections between invasive plant management and climate resiliency, and provides guidance for land managers on how they can incorporate climate resilience into their invasive plant management projects. Some of these recommendations are simple and can be adopted readily, while others require significant capacity.

Impacts of Climate Change and Invasive Plants in Sierra Meadows: Overview and Recommendations

The Sierra Nevada mountains of California are predicted to have strong changes with climate change. One of the ecological threats that may become worse is the spread and impact of invasive plants. This report summarizes the connections between climate change and invasive plants in mountain meadow ecosystems, and recommends steps that land managers can take now to improve the resilience of meadows into the future. While this report focuses on the Sierra Nevada, its recommendations can be applied other mountain meadow systems.