Stakeholder Engagement Strategies for Participatory Mapping

NOAA’s Stakeholder Engagement Strategies for Participatory Mapping engages stakeholders in a mapping process to identify their resources, perspectives, and priorities. Through sharing this information, stakeholders become part of decision-making, and the process of creating maps can become as important to building community consensus as the maps themselves.

Strategic Conservation

Strategic Conservation is a process that produces tools to aid decision makers in identifying, prioritizing, pursuing, and protecting those specific tracts of land that will most effectively and efficiently achieve the land trust’s mission

The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Coastal

This report, the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Coastal offers a comprehensive review of potential impacts to coastal systems due to climate change.

The Science of Modern Climate Change

Modern climate change differs from natural climate change — also known as geologic climate change — because it is caused by humans and is occurring much faster than geologic climate change. Modern climate change is primarily driven by the effects of greenhouse gases, and is directly linked with human activities.

The Smart Growth Network – Smart Growth Strategies

The Smart Growth Network developed a set of 10 basic principles to guide smart growth strategies that support conservation in a changing climate.


To respond to change and enhance the efficacy of existing conservation efforts land trusts are increasingly working to anticipate uncertainty and incorporate flexible planning tools such as scenario planning and adaptive management into their stewardship plans.

Urban Spaces

The landscape of urban open spaces can range from playing fields to highly maintained environments to relatively natural landscapes. Urban open spaces can be well protected due to conservation status, but unprotected areas may especially be at risk due to development pressures. As dense population centers, urban areas have opportunities to embrace “smart growth” to balance development needs with important ecological, economic, and social benefits of open spaces.

USFWS Climate Change Website

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Climate Change website emphasizes adaptation, mitigation and engagement to address impacts to wildlife and natural habitat. USFWS’s efforts to address climate change issues are detailed in Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change.

USFWS Coastal Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program is a non-regulatory program that provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and coastal communities to restore or protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands.

USFWS Habitat and Resource Conservation

The USFWS Habitat and Resource Conservation website details current programs that can support conservation efforts across the nation.