Climate Adaptation Science Centers

CASC Partnerships with Non-Profits and Conservation Organizations

The National and regional CASCs partner with non-governmental agencies to support conservation activities and priorities at many different scales. CASCs partner with non-profits and conservation organizations at local, regional, and national levels. 

CASCs Work with Non-Profits To Further Common Goals 

Non-Profits Participate in CASC Consortiums. Non-profits and conservation organizations can be members of regional CASC consortiums. For example, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation Science Partners are both formal members of the North Central CASC consortium and lead research initiatives integral to North Central regional science priorities, such as their recent work helping western natural resource management agencies adopt climate-informed management practices.  

Non-Profits Collaborate with CASCs on Climate Adaptation Research. Non-profits and conservation groups can participate in CASC-funded research projects. For example, researchers from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) partnered with the National CASC to evaluate projected changes in species distributions in the Pacific Northwest and assess the potential impacts of these changes on key species and managed lands, including TNC owned and managed sites. CASCs also work with local and regional non-profits to incorporate local knowledge and professional networks into broader climate adaptation studies. For example, in a project supported by the Pacific Islands CASC through the Manager Climate Corps program, federal, state, and university researchers partnered with Hawai’ian conservation group Nā Maka Onaona to study the effects of sea level rise on native shellfish populations across the Kalaemanō shoreline of Hawai’i. 

Non-Profits Use CASC-Funded Tools and Data Sets. The CASC network creates tools, data sets, and decision-support frameworks utilized by a broad array of conservation groups. For example, the National CASC recently partnered with the National Park Service to publish the Resist-Accept-Direct framework to help resource managers make decisions for ecosystems undergoing transformations. This tool has a diverse community of users, including the National Wildlife Federation and the American Fisheries Society.  

 

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