Connectivity and Climate Change Toolkit

Created: 8/20/2021 - Updated: 8/20/2021

Overview

Landscape connectivity is a critical component of ensuring healthy ecosystems, and in recent decades has become a popular conservation tool. In light of climate change, connectivity is recognized for its potential to provide additional benefits for resiliency and adaptation strategies for fish and wildlife. However, to maximize these benefits necessitates managers consider climate change impacts and adaptation strategies fully.

This toolkit was developed for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Climate Adaptation Committee at their request. The purpose is to provide state fish and wildlife agency planners and managers with the information necessary to ensure climate considerations are being accounted for and incorporated in the planning and implementation of terrestrial and aquatic connectivity initiatives. The toolkit is structured as a gateway to provide users with information, tools, and resources critical to understanding and deploying such climate adaptation strategies related to landscape connectivity. Unfortunately, no one-size-fits-all approach works for these kinds of initiatives, and so the goal of the toolkit is to provide users with a variety of considerations and resources to identify their needs.

Users will find Key Resources which provide links and brief annotations that will direct to websites, tools, journal publications, and other resources for more information. Sections may also contain Case Studies which will take the user to websites or reports that provide a deeper dive into on-the-ground examples. In addition, many sections also contain Key Strategies which identify broad management strategies that can be implemented to more fully incorporate climate change considerations into connectivity initiatives. All the sections begin with general background information and the subsequent lists are designed to help managers quickly find detailed information as they need it.

Organization(s)

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest.

Keywords

Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Wildlife
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Habitat extent
Range shifts
Water temperature
Type of Tool
Adaptation Planning Frameworks / Toolkits
Habitat/Biome Type
Coastal
Aquatic
Terrestrial