Sentinel Monitoring of Salt Marshes in the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

The South Slough NERR, along with four other NERRs, is acting as a sentinel site to monitor climate change impacts on salt marsh habitat. This project involves creating a long-term ecological monitoring program to determine the effects of sea level rise, warmer temperatures, and coastal storms on salt marshes.

Integrating Climate Change into the U.S. National Estuarine Research Reserve System

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) protects more than 1.3 million acres in 27 reserves in 21 states and Puerto Rico. NERRs across the country are working to integrate climate change into their activities by increasing monitoring of climate change at reserve sites, assessing impacts and vulnerabilities, and providing education and training to the public and policy makers.

Sentinel Monitoring of Salt Marshes in the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Narragansett Bay Research Reserve, along with four other National Estuarine Research Reserves, is acting as a sentinel site to monitor climate change impacts on salt marsh habitat. This project involves creating a long-term ecological monitoring program on Prudence Island to determine the effects of sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, warmer temperatures, and coastal storms on salt marshes.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program works to build capacity in different National Estuary Programs to prepare for and adapt to climate change. Twelve National Estuary Programs received grants and/or technical assistance in 2008 and 2009. The Climate Ready Estuaries Program also created the Coastal Toolkit to provide resources to program managers and other stakeholders in U.S. estuaries.

Sentinel Monitoring of Salt Marshes in the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA), along with four other National Estuarine Research Reserves, is acting as a sentinel site to monitor climate change impacts on salt marsh habitat. This project involves creating a long-term ecological monitoring program to determine the effects of sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, warmer temperatures, shoreline erosion, and coastal storms on salt marshes.

Barnegat Bay Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Development

With a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program, the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) is continuing its adaptation planning efforts. Through the creation of a working group, BBNEP is conducting a needs assessment, coordinating with other climate-related efforts in the state, and working on potential adaptation plans with input from stakeholders.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge/Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula Climate Adaptation Project

The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Dare and Hyde Counties, North Carolina, in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary. This pilot project is the result of a partnership between the North Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to evaluate the effects of different adaptation strategies on areas impacted (or likely to be impacted) by sea level rise. This is an adaptive management study to determine how to make the shoreline more resilient to rising sea levels.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity was established (Article 24) to support the goals of the Convention. The CBD entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives:

  1. The conservation of biological diversity
  2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
  3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources

The Nature Conservancy's Florida Reef Resilience Program brings scientists, reef managers and resource user groups together to develop strategies to improve the health of Florida’s reefs and enhance the economic sustainability of reef-dependent commercial enterprises.