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What is Resilience?

Ecological resilience often describes the capacity of an ecosystem to respond to a disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly without shifting to an alternative state or losing function or services. Building resilience can reduce risks and vulnerabilities of ecosystems – and the communities that depend on them – to climate change impacts.

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North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership – using geospatial tools to build resilience

The North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership is using geospatial tools to identify conservation priorities to support resiliency in the face of climate change.

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Definitions for Resilience

Definitions for Resilience: Building resilience means establishing a network of resilient habitats that will support a full range of biological diversity under changing conditions.

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Green Infrastructure and Enhancing Resilience

Green infrastructure describes natural resource management interventions that use vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier environments.

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US Climate Resilience Toolkit

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events.

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Priority Agenda Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources

The Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience’s Priority Agenda Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources is the result of an interagency effort to inventory and assess current policies, programs, and regulations.

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Build Resilience

All of the science, maps and models in the world won’t get us closer to building resilience without land conservation on the ground. Land trusts have been leaders in protecting hard-to-protect places, like fertile lowlands, that provide critical diversity of habitat types. The lessons learned from selecting and preserving lands at scale in a shifting environment will guide our field now and for generations ahead. Thank you for your hard work and ongoing leadership and commitment to saving the lands we love!

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Adapt Land Trust Practices to Promote Resilience

Land trusts can promote resilience and help priority species, habitats and resources weather the effects of climate change.

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Coastal Resilience

The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience Network provides geographically targeted resources to address ecological and socio-economic risks of coastal hazards through raising awareness, assessing risk, identifying choices, and taking action.

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Extreme Temperature Change: Water Temperatures

As average air temperatures rise, so do the average water temperatures of our oceans, lakes and rivers, affecting ecosystems and species that depend on them.

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