Stormy Seas: Land Trusts Navigate The Uncertainties Surrounding Climate Change

Brad Gentry
Created: 8/29/2009 -


How might land trusts get their arms around climate change? A huge, global issue, climate change is fraught with political, scientific, economic and other uncertainties over long periods of time. Yet, more land trusts are feeling the need to engage on climate matters—both in response to threats to their work, as well as opportunities to enhance it.

This article reviews the ways that climate change may connect to the core work of land trusts. The goal is to provide a framework that land trusts can use to decide whether they might integrate climate considerations into their activities and, if so, how to do so.

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The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems.  We are the national convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,600 land trusts across America.


Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Create new refugia / Increase size and amount of protected areas
United States