National Strategy Will Help Safeguard Fish, Wildlife and Plants in a Changing Climate Print E-mail
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Featured by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior

In cooperation with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration today released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers prepare for and reduce the current and future impacts of climate change on species, habitats, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them.

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Adaptation Strategy provides a roadmap of key steps needed over the next five years to reduce the current and expected impacts of climate change on our natural resources. Current and expected impacts include:

  • Changing species distributions and migration patterns
  • The spread of wildlife diseases and invasive species
  • The inundation of coastal habitats with rising sea levels
  • Changing productivity of our coastal oceans
  • Changes in freshwater availability

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Adaptation Strategy was created through an extensive national dialogue that spanned nearly two years and was shaped by comments from more than 55,000 people. The Strategy was developed by an innovative partnership of federal, state and tribal fish and wildlife conservation agencies in response to a 2010 call for a Strategy by the U.S. Congress. The partnership was co-led by Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (representing state fish and wildlife agencies).

Implementation of the Climate Adaptation Strategy will provide public and private decision makers with the information and tools they need to respond to climate change as part of their ongoing activities. The Strategy identifies seven key steps to help safeguard the nation’s fish, wildlife and plants in a changing climate:

  1. Conserve and connect habitat
  2. Manage species and habitats
  3. Enhance management capacity
  4. Support adaptive management
  5. Increase knowledge and information
  6. Increase awareness and motivate action
  7. Reduce non-climate stressors 

More Information

  • The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy and additional information and resources can be found on the web at 
  • There will also be a public webinar on April 9th, 2013 to discuss the new strategy.