Shared solutions to protect shared values

  • Salmon. Photo by Tim Torrell
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Our Vision: Ecological systems will sustain healthy, diverse, and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants. These systems will provide valuable cultural, economic, and environmental benefits in a world impacted by global climate change.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Department of Commerce), State, and tribal partners, are proud to present the final National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (NFWPCAS or Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource professionals and other decision makers to take action to conserve the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses and values these natural systems provide, in a changing climate.

Cover of Strategy Highlights Brochure. Credit: USFWSStrategy Highlights Brochure: A summary of the key recommendations of the Strategy for policymakers

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy [Full Report]

Cover of The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy full report. Credit: USFWSPreface/Executive Summary

Chapter 1: About the Strategy

Chapter 2: Impacts of Climate Change on Fish, Wildlife, and Plants

Chapter 3: Climate Adaptation Goals, Strategies, and Actions

Chapter 4: Opportunities for Multiple Sectors

Chapter 5: Integration and Implementation

Resources: Lit Cited, Supporting Materials, Glossary, Acronyms, Scientific Names, Team Members

Recommended Citation:

National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Partnership. 2012. National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Council on Environmental Quality, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Washington, DC.

Background Papers:

The information in these supporting online background papers was developed by the Strategy Technical Teams, an ensemble of experts across multiple federal, state, and tribal agencies, and was used as source material for the full Strategy document. Each section was informally reviewed by a group of experts selected by the Teams. While not part of the official Strategy report, these online background papers are available as an additional resource that provides more detailed information regarding climate change impacts and adaptation strategies and actions for the major U.S. ecosystems and the species they support.