Many of you are already familiar with The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, but the latest Progress Report focused on implementation is a hot-off-the-press development! As a refresher, the Strategy is a “call to action that outlines seven key steps needed to safeguard the nation’s valuable living natural resources in a changing climate.” It was produced in partnership by many federal and state agencies and tribes as a framework to inform actions to prepare and respond to climate change. The Strategy encourages LCCs to help lead the implementation process, and your Cooperative has already risen to the challenge. The Blueprint takes the first steps toward identifying the climate-resilient network of ecologically connected conservation areas called for in the Strategy, and coordination with neighboring LCCs will integrate the Blueprint into a larger regional network through the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). The first regional SECAS Blueprint is scheduled for release in fall of 2016.
Part of the Strategy’s language really stands out to me: the emphasis on action. Like the Blueprint, the authors of the Strategy recognize that its value isn’t necessarily in the plan itself, but rather in the actions it helps inform. So, I was excited to learn about the 2014 Progress Report called “Taking Action” released last week. This Progress Report describes 50 case studies demonstrating how a variety of partnerships–including LCCs–have implemented the Strategy’s recommendations to safeguard the nation’s fish, wildlife, and plants, and the communities and economies that depend on them in a changing climate.
The range of diverse partners, planning scales, and adaptation actions highlighted in the report emphasize on-the-ground decision-makers and build inspiring momentum toward the implementation of the Strategy. You can find out more information >>here! For the full report, >>follow this link.