Shared solutions to protect shared values

  • Woman on horseback. Photo by Chase Fountain
  • Birdwatchers. Photo by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  • Butterfly. Photo by Tim Daniel / Ohio Division of Wildlife

Across the country, government agencies, partners and stakeholders are taking action to prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of a changing climate on the nation’s valuable natural resources and the people who depend on them.

Taking Action, a progress report, September 2014

This Progress Report highlights examples of the growing effort by government and nongovernmental partners to prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of climate change on natural resources. Across the country, the agencies responsible for managing fish, wildlife, and plants are working with partners and stakeholders to take concrete steps to address the threats and impacts of climate change.

Taking Action Progress Report 2014 Cover. Credit: USFWSFor this Progress Report, almost 100 case studies were submitted by a variety of partnerships representing over 350 individual federal, tribal, and state agencies, departments, non-governmental organizations, private businesses and landowners. This Progress Report describes 50 of those projects that demonstrate implementation of the many actions recommended by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. These examples also illustrate the diversity of projects, scales of planning, and breadth of partnerships that are responding to the impacts of climate change on the nation’s fish, wildlife and plant resources. The case studies also demonstrate how climate change impacts can be integrated into conservation planning.

The diverse adaptation work highlighted in this report is part of a larger collective effort by a wide range of partners to safeguard the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and the communities and economies that depend on them in a changing climate. The success of climate adaptation relies on continuing collaborations and actions by federal, tribal, state, and local governments and many partners.

This progress report illustrates the call for action to find solutions to conserve the nation’s living natural resources in response to the increasing threats of climate change to those resources and the people who depend them.