Climate-Smart Conservation:
Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice
What do These Changes Mean
for the Practice of Conservation?
Climate Adaptation
• The process of adjustment to actual
or expected climate and its effects
– In human systems, adaptatio...
Climate-Smart Conservation
Expert Workgroup
• NGOs
– National Wildlife Federation
– Wildlife Conservation Society
– EcoAda...
Climate-Smart Conservation
in a Nutshell
• Act with intentionality
• Manage for change, not
just persistence
• Reconsider ...
Acting with Intentionality
• Link Actions to Climate
Impacts
– How will actions address key
vulnerabilities?
– What is the...
Manage for Change
Not Just Persistence
• Stationarity is dead!
– Directional changes exceeding
“historical range of variab...
Reconsider Conservation Goals
Not Just Strategies
• Goals are the ends; strategies
the means
• Goals are a reflection of h...
Key Characteristics of
Climate-Smart Conservation
• Actions linked to
climate impacts
• Forward looking goals
• Broader la...
Climate-Smart Conservation Cycle
A Generalized Framework for Adaptation Planning and Implementation
Guidance Document Buil...
Step 2. Assess Impacts and Vulnerabilities
Identify key vulnerabilities to serve as basis
for designing adaptation actions...
Step 3. Review/Revise Conservation Goals
Determine if modifications are needed in
conservation goals or management
objecti...
Step 4. Identify Possible Adaptation Options
Identify a broad array of possible adaptation
options for reducing key vulner...
Now available at:
www.nwf.org/ClimateSmartGuide
Systems Approach to
Geomorphic Engineering
June, 2014
Developed in cooperation with and funded by SAGE, NOAA and USACE.
Green/Gray Infrastructure:
Working with Mother Nature
Systems Approach to Geomorphic
Engineering (SAGE)
• Merging green and gray
solutions with wisdom
gained from good science,...
SAGE – A Community of Practice
Early leaders influencing the initiative:
- U.S Army Corps of Engineers
- National Oceanic ...
Characteristics of a SAGE Approach
• Living shorelines
• Hybrid green and gray solutions
• Regional scales
• Landscape tra...
Understanding Resilience
• Pursue and advance a large-
scale comprehensive view
of coastal landscape change
• Understand l...
Sacred Grounds
Gardening for Wildlife
Communities of Faith Certification
Pilot Program in Washington DC area
• Adat Shalom...
Four Components of Certification
• Food
• Water
• Cover
• Places to Raise Young
Sacred Grounds
Customized for Congregations
Adding 2 new components
Water Conservation
and
Climate Change Adaptation
Connecting to Local Water
Conservation Programs
• Congregations = Acreage
• Reach Large Number of Homeowners
• Rebates for...
Connecting to Climate Adaptation
• Adaptation in Action
• Local
• On-the-ground
• Gives people something to do = hope
• Wa...
NATIVE PLANTS ARE BETTER
Black swallowtail on thistle
GO NATIVE -- Best Bets:
Mid-Atlantic Herbaceous Plants
• Goldenrod 115
• Asters 112
• Sunflower 73
• Joe pye Weed/Boneset ...
Zebra
swallowtail
on milkweed
Beyond the Congregation
Adat Shalom Synagogue
2500 native plants
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  1. 1. Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice
  2. 2. What do These Changes Mean for the Practice of Conservation?
  3. 3. Climate Adaptation • The process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects – In human systems, adaptation seeks to moderate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities – In natural systems, human intervention may facilitate adjustment to expected climate and its effects In other words: • Prepare for … • Cope with … • Adjust to … --- IPCC AR5 (2014)
  4. 4. Climate-Smart Conservation Expert Workgroup • NGOs – National Wildlife Federation – Wildlife Conservation Society – EcoAdapt – Nature Conservancy – Geos Institute – Point Blue Conservation Science • State Agencies – Florida – Maryland • Federal Agencies – Fish and Wildlife Service – National Park Service – US Geological Survey – Environmental Protection Agency – NOAA – US Forest Service – Army Corps of Engineers
  5. 5. Climate-Smart Conservation in a Nutshell • Act with intentionality • Manage for change, not just persistence • Reconsider goals, not just strategies • Integrate adaptation into existing work
  6. 6. Acting with Intentionality • Link Actions to Climate Impacts – How will actions address key vulnerabilities? – What is the logic model/scientific rationale for actions? • Show your work! – Transparency/traceability important – Whether novel approaches are indicated – Or existing approaches and actions validated
  7. 7. Manage for Change Not Just Persistence • Stationarity is dead! – Directional changes exceeding “historical range of variability” • Adaptation will largely be about preparing for and managing change • Adaptation is a process, not an end point
  8. 8. Reconsider Conservation Goals Not Just Strategies • Goals are the ends; strategies the means • Goals are a reflection of human values and can evolve • Need for forward-looking rather than retrospective goals • Need to align climate-informed goals and strategies – Move beyond “climate-retrofits”
  9. 9. Key Characteristics of Climate-Smart Conservation • Actions linked to climate impacts • Forward looking goals • Broader landscape context • Robust in an uncertain future • Agile and informed management • Minimizes carbon footprint • Climate influence on project success • Safeguards people and nature • Avoids maladaptation
  10. 10. Climate-Smart Conservation Cycle A Generalized Framework for Adaptation Planning and Implementation Guidance Document Built Around Cycle
  11. 11. Step 2. Assess Impacts and Vulnerabilities Identify key vulnerabilities to serve as basis for designing adaptation actions • Key vulnerabilities are those most likely to affect achieving conservation goals
  12. 12. Step 3. Review/Revise Conservation Goals Determine if modifications are needed in conservation goals or management objectives • Offer framework for reevaluation using the what, why, where, and when of goals
  13. 13. Step 4. Identify Possible Adaptation Options Identify a broad array of possible adaptation options for reducing key vulnerabilities • Offer several frameworks for generating adaptation options
  14. 14. Now available at: www.nwf.org/ClimateSmartGuide
  15. 15. Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering June, 2014 Developed in cooperation with and funded by SAGE, NOAA and USACE.
  16. 16. Green/Gray Infrastructure: Working with Mother Nature
  17. 17. Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering (SAGE) • Merging green and gray solutions with wisdom gained from good science, coupled with foresight and good judgment. • A systems approach – looking at an entire coastal system, operating as a whole, not just single component in isolation
  18. 18. SAGE – A Community of Practice Early leaders influencing the initiative: - U.S Army Corps of Engineers - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Federal Emergency Management Agency - NGOs and Academic institutions
  19. 19. Characteristics of a SAGE Approach • Living shorelines • Hybrid green and gray solutions • Regional scales • Landscape transformation with ecosystem adaptation
  20. 20. Understanding Resilience • Pursue and advance a large- scale comprehensive view of coastal landscape change • Understand landscape transformation AND ecosystem adaptation • Achieve a better understanding of resilience • Develop robust resilience
  21. 21. Sacred Grounds Gardening for Wildlife Communities of Faith Certification Pilot Program in Washington DC area • Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue • Good Shepard Lutheran Church • East Washington Heights Baptist Church • Partners: Interfaith Power and Light & National Park Service and others TBD
  22. 22. Four Components of Certification • Food • Water • Cover • Places to Raise Young
  23. 23. Sacred Grounds Customized for Congregations Adding 2 new components Water Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation
  24. 24. Connecting to Local Water Conservation Programs • Congregations = Acreage • Reach Large Number of Homeowners • Rebates for stormwater mgmt • Incentive to use native plants, reduce impervious area • Technical Assistance by County/Town • Water quality and quantity
  25. 25. Connecting to Climate Adaptation • Adaptation in Action • Local • On-the-ground • Gives people something to do = hope • Water and Wildlife Conservation • Urban/Suburban Restoration in an era of climate change
  26. 26. NATIVE PLANTS ARE BETTER
  27. 27. Black swallowtail on thistle
  28. 28. GO NATIVE -- Best Bets: Mid-Atlantic Herbaceous Plants • Goldenrod 115 • Asters 112 • Sunflower 73 • Joe pye Weed/Boneset 42 • Black-eyed Susan 17
  29. 29. Zebra swallowtail on milkweed
  30. 30. Beyond the Congregation
  31. 31. Adat Shalom Synagogue
  32. 32. 2500 native plants

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