ACT Framework – Climate Change Adaptation for Conservation Targets

The ACT Framework draws on collective knowledge to translate climate change projections into a portfolio of adaptation actions.

Adapt

Biologically speaking, adaptation is a change or the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment. Increasingly adaptation is used to describe adjustments that society or ecosystems make to limit negative effects of climate change.

Adaptation

Preparing for climate change — also known as climate change adaptation — is about reducing the risk of climate change impacts to people, places and resources. Climate change adaptation actions can often fulfill other management goals, such as sustainable development and risk reduction, and can therefore be incorporated into existing decision-making processes.

Adapting Conservation Easements to Climate Change

This policy perspective assesses the adaptive potential of conservation easements to address climate change impacts, and offers drafting and implementation guidance.

Adaptive Management

Adaptive management involves implementing a management strategy, closely monitoring its effects and then adapting future actions based on the observed results. In this way, planners simultaneously apply management practices and learn from those management

Bald Head Island Conservancy: Catalyzing Small Changes in Climate Change Adaptation

To support climate change adaptation planning the Bald Head Island Conservancy has developed a comprehensive public outreach campaign to help educate community members about potential impacts to the island and individual choices that can help improve the socioecological system’s resilience.

Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change Through Local Conservation Efforts: A South Kingstown Land Trust Pilot Project

Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change Through Local Conservation Efforts is a report resulting from a two-year pilot project aiming to foster climate change adaptation at the community level.

Climate Ready Estuaries: Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas

US EPA’s report, Climate Ready Estuaries: Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas, provides an overview of climate change impacts on coastal areas.

Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice

The National Wildlife Federation’s Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice looks at how climate change already is affecting the nation’s wildlife and habitats, and addresses how natural resource managers will need to prepare for and adapt to these unprecedented changes.

Divestment and Socially Responsible Investment

In the context of climate change, divestment and Socially Responsible Investment means avoiding financial alignment with companies who perpetuate reliance on fossil fuel sources and investment in groups that are committed to being part of the global climate solution.