Updating the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan: Using a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment to Inform Conservation Priorities

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United States
40° 21' 7.6572" N, 89° 25' 43.3596" W
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Author Name(s): 
Katherine Kahl, Kimberly Hall, Jeffery Walk, Sarah Hagen, Aaron Lange, Patrick Doran
Summary: 

The Nature Conservancy’s vision of “climate-smart” conservation seeks to anticipate human responses to climate change, and considers the benefits to people that result from our actions to protect and restore nature. One key area for engagement and partnership has been work on state Wildlife Action Plans (WAP). This case study describes a vulnerability assessment of 163 species comprising eight taxonomic groups from Illinois’ list of “Species in Greatest Need of Conservation” designated in the state’s Wildlife Action Plan.

Preparing for a Changing Climate in Missoula County and Western Montana

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United States
46° 51' 57.5712" N, 113° 59' 55.986" W
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Summary: 

Climate change presents an uncertain future with potentially high costs for Missoula County in western Montana. The area's economy and high quality of life that draw and keep people in the region could be in jeopardy due to changes in average temperature, stream flows, and precipitation. While the exact trajectory of change is unknown, preparations can be made for the future based on a reasonable range of expected scenarios. Preparing for climate change is similar to preparing for other potential events, such as fire or drought.

Local Government Planning Responses to the Physical Impacts of Climate Change in New South Wales, Australia

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United States
33° 53' 6.036" S, 148° 17' 20.6304" E
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Summary: 

Effective policy responses of governments to the impacts of unavoidable climate change require effective adaptation plans. This project focuses on the planning response of local governments in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, for adapting to the physical impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased storm events, increased flooding, increased drought, among others.

Puerto Rico Coastal Adaptation Project

Location

United States
17° 58' 43.4388" N, 64° 25' 25.7808" W
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Author Name(s): 
Kasey Jacobs, Ernesto L. Diaz
Summary: 

The Puerto Rico Coastal Management Program (PRCZMP) is conducting a two-year Coastal Adaptation Project. The goal is to develop a coastal zone vulnerability assessment and appropriate adaptation strategies to help Puerto Rico cope with existing coastal hazards and future climate changes. The project is utilizing participatory stakeholder processes, spatial analysis tools, geophysical and chemical scientific knowledge, and utilization of the best available data from Puerto Rico’s experts in order to develop broadly applicable outputs.

Climate Adaptation in the Clayoquot Sound

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United States
49° 9' 8.7624" N, 125° 54' 8.9748" W
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Author Name(s): 
John Lerner, Neil Hughes, Rachel Holt, Tom Okey, Katie Beach, Martin Carver, Theo Mlynowski, Don MacKinnon
Organization: 
Summary: 

According to ClimateBC modeling projections, the Clayoquot Sound region can expect the mean annual temperature to increase as much as 4°C by the 2080s under the more extreme scenario (A1F1: increasing emissions).

Developing Adaptation Strategies for the Jemez Mountains: A Southwest Climate Change Initiative Effort

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United States
35° 54' 2.6316" N, 106° 18' 13.3596" W
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Summary: 

The Jemez Mountain Climate Change Adaptation Workshop brought together over 50 managers, conservation practitioners, scientists, and others working in the Jemez region to:

Preparing for the Changing Climate: a Northeast-Focused Needs Assessment

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United States
43° 44' 21.6672" N, 71° 3' 34.452" W
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Organization: 
Summary: 

Preparing for the Changing Climate: a Northeast-Focused Needs Assessment is the first region-wide snapshot from regional, state, and local scales on how communities are preparing for a changing climate, and what resources and assistance they need to succeed. The report, published by Clean Air-Cool Planet, is based on direct outreach to over 200 communities from Maine to New Jersey, including survey responses from 34 local governments, six regional planning agencies, and eight state agencies. 

Lake Tahoe Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Project

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United States
39° 5' 50.262" N, 120° 1' 52.0608" W
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Summary: 

Agencies and stakeholders working in the Lake Tahoe Basin initiated a project to provide guidance and create procedures to address current and projected climate change impacts in the region. The project developed tools to evaluate and communicate climate adaptation and mitigation actions for the Basin. A working group composed of multiple agencies and stakeholders was created to provide input and guidance, and share findings and products within their organizations.

Scenario Planning in Joshua Tree National Park

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United States
33° 52' 24.294" N, 115° 54' 3.5712" W
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Summary: 

Joshua Tree National Park was selected by the National Park Service for a climate change scenario planning process because of the inherent threat climate change poses to the park and because of the importance of understanding fire regimes, invasive species, and climate change interactions. A scenario planning workshop was held in Joshua Tree where participants developed three different scenarios based on projected climate change impacts and identified general strategies to cope with impacts within the park. 

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park Climate Change Assessment

Location

United States
50° 52' 9.9984" N, 115° 39' 2.9988" W
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Summary: 

In 2006, the Climate Change Section of the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Environment provided funding to help Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park incorporate the impacts of climate change into the update of its Master Management Plan. Climate scenarios were created for the park using downscaled global climate models. Key variables assessed included changes in temperature, precipitation, snowpack, wind speeds, and soil moisture. The results were used to prioritize and develop potential adaptation strategies for the park.