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Land trusts can promote resilience and help priority species, habitats and resources weather the effects of climate change.
In the United States, several land trusts are already engaging in the carbon market. Advocacy efforts that support the development of legal frameworks that enable cap and trade or carbon offsets can further expand these programs throughout the United States and connect to international efforts to decrease carbon emissions through market mechanisms.
By maintaining and sharing resources and continuing to convene and build this network of practitioners, MCHT aims to continue to support ongoing state-wide and region-specific conservation action planning dialogs.
Conserving Nature’s Stage: Identifying Resilient Terrestrial Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest assesses adaptation processes and ecoregions covering 92 million hectares (227 million acres) over portions or all of six states – Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.
This comprehensive report discusses qualities that support resilient terrestrial landscapes and describes in detail the methods used and products produced for all 11 ecoregions, including a geodatabase which contains all the spatial data inputs and outputs.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) works to restore and preserve natural resources within the watershed. Restoration projects combined with community education and outreach to improve land management practices have yielded measurable water quality improvements. By increasing protection of natural features such as marshes, barrier islands, and ridges, conservation efforts help protect surrounding communities – both ecological and socio-economic – from the impacts of increasingly stronger hurricanes and sea level rise.
Climate change has already been linked to changes in habitats and ecosystems, including species composition, weather patterns and the length of the seasons. As average global temperature continues to warm, these changes will continue. Plans to enhance resilience now can help reduce vulnerabilities and improve the adaptive capacity of habitats and ecosystems.
Climate change is already altering fire regimes, invasive plant and insect dispersal, and disease occurrence in forests across the United States. As average global temperature continues to warm, these changes will continue, presenting greater challenges to efforts to sustainably manage forests lands.
Climate change has already been linked to changes in wildlife distribution, reproduction and behavior. Enhancing connectivity and “conserving the stage” are critical conservation objectives that can help species adapt to changing conditions.
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.
Resilient and Connected Landscapes for Terrestrial Conservation is a synthesis report that describes the methods used to identify and map key linkages that will facilitate adaptation and movement under climate change, and presents a prioritized version of the resilient sites and most important linkages.