Linking project-level strategies for climate adaptation to landscape-scale conservation
Friday, October 24, 2014: 10:20 AM-11:50 AM
Polaris A (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
Recognition of the need to consider climate change in management decisions is growing, but capacity for taking action continues to lag. Two major challenges stand out among the many hurdles to successful climate adaptation in across landscapes: 1) overcoming uncertainty paralysis to move from concept to action, and 2) expanding from site-level focus to landscape-scale application. This session will provide participants with tangible on-the-ground examples of climate adaptation work across the U.S. and discuss how these projects can serve as models for implementing landscape-scale adaptation actions. We will present information on funding opportunities for climate adaptation, successful applied adaptation projects, the growing impact of the US Forest Service's Climate Response Frameworks for landscape-scale adaptation action, and how organizations like the Trust for Public Land are creating effective partnerships to translate effective site-level adaptation into national-level policy change.
Featured speakers include Darren Long, Director of the Climate Adaptation Fund program at the Wildlife Conservation Society; Chris Swanston, Director of the USFS Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science; Molly Cross, Climate Change Director for WCS North America; and Jad Daley, Director of The Trust for Public Land’s Climate Conservation Program.