​​Climate Change Adaptation Checklist for Climate Smart Projects: A Tool for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Created: 10/19/2021 -

Abstract

Climate change has implications for both the effectiveness and hazard risk potential of many projects and activities undertaken or reviewed by natural resource management agencies. Failing to evaluate the potential vulnerability of a project or action prior to implementation or approval can lead to missed opportunities to improve design, optimize siting or otherwise reduce risk.

This tool is designed to help you determine if given climate change your project will continue to deliver intended benefits.

The Checklist supports your ability to:

  • Explicitly evaluate the implications of future conditions on project function, longevity and impact
  • Build climate consideration directly into funding, permitting and planning phases
  • Reduce liabilities or avoid actions that will be ineffective under future conditions

Step 1: Climate Quick Check
Identify how the project may be impacted by climate change over its lifetime by considering a range of indicators

Step 2: Evaluation of Climate Impact on a Project
Explore potential of climate risk factors by answering specific questions and considering relevant, available data

Step 3: Synopsis & Adaptation Options
For each identified vulnerability in Step 2, develop adaptation options to avoid, minimize or mitigate future negative impacts, while delivering intended benefits. Use adaptation support resources to find potential options.

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Organization(s)

EcoAdapt is at the center of climate change adaptation innovation. We provide support, training, and assistance to make conservation and management less vulnerable and more Climate Savvy. Over the past 200 years, great strides have been made in the world of conservation and now all of that is at risk because of climate change. EcoAdapt is working to ensure the success of these past efforts by delivering a framework for climate adaptation.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The department operates under a dual mandate from the Washington Legislature to:

Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Assessment
Planning
Scale
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Fisheries
Transportation / Infrastructure
Wildlife
Other
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Create/enhance resources and tools
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Temperature
Erosion
Fire
Flooding
Infrastructure damage
Ocean acidification
Oxygen concentrations (hypoxia)
Precipitation
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Sea level rise
Habitat/Biome Type
Coastal
Freshwater
Aquatic
Terrestrial
Region
Northwest