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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Adaptation Strategy for U.S. Wildlife

A U.S. intergovernmental working group of federal, state and tribal agency professionals (including the 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).has released a National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. According to the agency, the purpose of the strategy is to
"inspire and enable natural resource administrators, elected officials, and other decision makers to take action to adapt to a changing climate. Adaptation actions are vital to sustaining the nation’s ecosystems and natural resources — as well as the human uses and values that the natural world provides."
The strategy contains the usual summary of relevant changes in climate and potential impacts, but focuses extensively on identifying adaptation goals, options to achieve those goals, and criteria for tracking progress.

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