Resilient Monroe Resource Atlas

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United States
41° 54' 59.1624" N, 83° 23' 51.756" W
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Resilient Monroe is a land-use planning and community design project in southeast Michigan sponsored by the City of Monroe, Frenchtown Charter Township and Monroe Charter Township. Together, these three local governments are planning for successful, resilient community adaptation to the social, environmental and economic challenges presented by climate change.

Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. It documents climate change related impacts and responses for various sectors and regions, with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels.

A team of more than 300 experts, guided by a 60-member National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee produced the full report – the largest and most diverse team to produce a U.S. climate assessment. Stakeholders involved in the development of the assessment included decision-makers from the public and private sectors, resource and environmental managers, researchers, representatives from businesses and non-governmental organizations, and the general public. More than 70 workshops and listening sessions were held, and thousands of public and expert comments on the draft report provided additional input to the process.

The assessment draws from a large body of scientific peer-reviewed research, technical input reports, and other publicly available sources; all sources meet the standards of the Information Quality Act. The report was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the 13 Federal agencies of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the Federal Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability.

Advancing Climate Research and Expertise Through the Ontario Climate Consortium

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United States
43° 56' 24.3564" N, 80° 19' 55.3116" W
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The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC or Consortium) represents a distributed collective of scientists, researchers and practitioners from across Ontario with a focus on addressing climate change issues pertinent to Ontario and beyond. The OCC has its origins in an original partnership formed by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and York University in 2010 with the development of the Climate Consortium for Research Action Integration (CC-RAI).

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts: A Bottom-Up Approach to Developing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

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United States
44° 42' 18.3816" N, 89° 49' 27.1884" W
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The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) was created to support the efforts of multiple stakeholders charged with identifying vulnerabilities to climate change and developing adaptation strategies. WICCI released an impacts and adaptation strategies assessment in 2011 as a first step toward developing a statewide climate change adaptation strategy.

The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources’ Climate Adaptation Initiatives

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United States
46° 22' 9.0084" N, 80° 51' 33.75" W
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The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) is mandated to communicate climate science, facilitate the development and implementation of adaptation strategies, cultivate local and regional partnerships, and support the measures recommended by Ontario’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation.

The Climate Change Response Framework: Supporting Climate-Smart Conservation and Forest Management in the Great Lakes Region

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United States
41° 29' 59.2836" N, 85° 52' 8.9076" W
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Projected climate impacts in the Northwoods region include warmer temperatures, longer growing seasons, shifts in the timing and amount of precipitation, changes in soil moisture patterns, increasing pests and diseases, and more frequent storms, droughts, floods, and wildfires. These changes are likely to significantly affect the forests, ecosystems, and wildlife of the region.

The Michigan Climate Coalition: Enhancing Networking and Collaboration, Communication, and Action Around Climate Change in Michigan

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United States
43° 11' 19.0464" N, 84° 27' 46.4076" W
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The Michigan Climate Coalition (MCC), founded in 2010, brings together individuals from non-profit organizations, businesses, government, and educational institutions to enhance networking and collaboration, communication, and action around climate change and adaptation for Michigan. The MCC website – www.miclimatecoalition.org – includes resources, events, funding opportunities, and contact information for those interested in climate science, adaptation, sustainability, and related disciplines.

Strategic Options for Adapting Biodiversity Management to Climate Change

Climate change threatens biodiversity and its role in supporting human development around the world. It is vital that policymakers act to strengthen the resilience of ecosystems to climate change in order to respond to this threat. This paper and the accompanying Legal and Policy Tools to Adapt Biodiversity Management to Climate Change: A Resource Manual provide a menu of solutions for doing so. Using the principles of adaptive, ecosystem-based management, policymakers can implement innovative legal and policy frameworks to ensure sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in the face of climate change. This paper sets forth (1) the need to adapt biodiversity management to climate change; (2) the process of adaptive management that may be applied to natural resources; and (3) options for using legal and policy tools to manage biodiversity in a changing climate.

 Key Messages

  1. Greater commitments of financial and human resources are critical to defending biodiversity in the face of climate change. This is an investment with long-term payoffs, because only management that considers climate change impacts (the adaptive approach) will allocate resources where they will be most effective and ensure that ecosystems continue to provide goods and services that support healthy economies. Management that fails to consider climate change (the status quo) will lead to biodiversity die-off and economic losses. Thus, failing to act is itself an action that will produce negative consequences.
  2. Adaptive, ecosystem-based management provides a model to respond to climate threats despite scientific uncertainty. It manages biodiversity in a changing environment through decision making based on planning, monitoring, information sharing, coordination, and community involvement. Adaptive management can be employed in the areas of resource-use permitting, protected areas, private conservation, and communal resources, among others.
  3. Clear rules and procedures for adaptive management allow flexibility without sacrificing accountability. Within a legal framework that includes oversight and strong public participation, adaptive management is more rigorous than conventional management approaches because it requires officials and stakeholders to periodically update their understanding of the ecosystem and take action on emerging threats.
  4. In many cases, existing laws and policies can be used to undertake adaptive biodiversity management. Clarifying the scope of existing authorities through regulatory changes and guidance materials and adapting existing institutions to new tasks is an urgent adaptation priority for all governments. Rewriting laws and creating new policies may be necessary, however, in some contexts. 

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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United States
44° 46' 21.8568" N, 81° 28' 28.5924" W
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The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was created to coordinate restoration efforts in the region. The GLRI released an Action Plan in 2010, which builds upon the 2005 Great Lakes Region Collaboration Strategy, and is the basis upon which Great Lakes restoration will be planned and budgeted at the federal level.

Quebec Regional Adaptation Collaborative

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United States
49° 4' 34.5576" N, 73° 18' 2.8116" W
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The Quebec Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) has focused its climate change adaptation efforts on three themes: built environment, water management, and socio-economic activities, including forestry, agriculture, and tourism and recreation.