Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change in California: Nine Guiding Principles

Created: 8/16/2013 -


The goal of this project is to develop a set of scientifically sound, pragmatic, and broadly supported Guiding Principles to help ensure that conservation investments and management choices yield durable benefits in the face of climate change.

The Guiding Principles presented here were developed through a process that combined working with an Expert Panel of leading scientists; consulting with leaders and experts in state government, conservation organizations, and the scientific community; and iterative review of draft documents by technical experts and potential users of the principles.

The focus of this effort is on land-based, freshwater, and tidal systems. Although some principles may be relevant, the panel did not consider marine systems in developing the Guiding Principles.


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Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate-smart guidelines into restoration
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Incorporate climate change into harvest/take policies
Incorporate climate change into critical habitat rules / species recovery plans
Incorporate climate change into threatened / endangered species designations
Enhance migration corridors and other connectivity measures
Create new refugia / Increase size and amount of protected areas
Design protected areas or lands to allow inland, altitudinal, or latitudinal movement