Chinook Salmon Projects and Climate Change

Created: 10/12/2017 -

Abstract

Changing climate conditions, along with land-use and other ecological changes, are affecting the health, vitality, and resilience of Chinook salmon populations in watersheds throughout Puget Sound. Restoration and protection projects are designed to address the most critical factors affecting salmon populations. However, with climate change, these factors may change: the medium- and long-term success of the projects and expected benefits to salmon may be compromised and/or current investments may not achieve expected results.

The goal of this guidance document is to provide Lead Entities with a framework for reviewing and evaluating sponsored project proposals in light of changing climate conditions.

Each Lead Entity has its own process for working with project sponsors and evaluating project proposals. The guidance presented in this document is not a template for designing climate-smart projects. Rather, it provides suggested questions that can be customized to the specific needs and processes of each Lead Entity. Ultimately these questions can help project sponsors develop climate-resilient projects and help Lead Entities assess whether a proposed project will be effective in supporting salmon populations and building climate resilience. The guidance in this document will be updated over time, as more information becomes available. 

 

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Organization(s)

Adaptation International is focused exclusively on helping communities, agencies, and organizations prepare for the impacts of climate change. Adaptation International specializes in bridging the gap between climate science and community action and developing the tools and strategies necessary to mainstream climate change preparedness. Adaptation International staff has expertise in climate change science, adaptation strategy development and prioritization, public health, public policy, strategic planning, community engagement, and stakeholder involvement.

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.

Keywords

Scale
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate-smart guidelines into restoration
Capacity Building
Create/enhance resources and tools
Habitat/Biome Type
Freshwater
Aquatic
Region
Northwest