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From the expansion of invasive species to wildfire, from drought to sea-level rise, changes in climate have created new and evolving challenges for our nation’s resource managers and communities. Our science helps managers of fish, wildlife, and ecosystems understand these impacts and strategically adapt to changing conditions. 

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The CASCs develop data and tools that address the informational needs of natural and cultural resource managers. Projects cover topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, & the communities they support.

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Our network is comprised of the National CASC and eight regional CASCs, covering the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Learn more about each CASC here.

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Our Climate Adaptation Insights Newsletter shares our latest news on webinars, events, publications, funding opportunities, and other items of interest from the National and Regional CASCs. Updates are sent out every two weeks.

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Date published: February 26, 2020

The Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund Announces 2020 Request for Proposals

The Climate Adaptation Fund at the Wildlife Conservation Society has released its request for proposals for the 2020 grant cycle. The program supports projects led by non-profit conservation organizations that implement effective interventions to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. 

Date published: February 24, 2020

Bending the Curve of Global Freshwater Biodiversity Loss: An Emergency Recovery Plan

A new study published in BioScience outlines a global framework for safeguarding global freshwater biodiversity. This first-of-its-kind framework was developed by a global team of scientists from various scientific and environmental organizations and academic institutions....

Date published: February 5, 2020

Building a Regional Collaboration of Northeast State Invasive Species Councils

The Northeast CASC is coordinating an effort to develop a regional management-based response to the challenges posed by invasive species in the region.

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Year Published: 2020

Multiple conceptualizations of nature are key to inclusivity and legitimacy in global environmental governance

Despite increasing scientific understanding of the global environmental crisis, we struggle to adopt the policies and practices science suggests we should. One of the reasons for this is the general absence of inclusive engagement and dialogue among a wide range of actors with distinct interactions with nature. Furthermore, there is little...

Luca Coscieme; da Silva Hyldmo, Hakon; Fernández-Llamazares, Alvaro; Palomo, Ignacio; Mwampamba, Tuyeni H.; Selomane, Odirilwe; Sitas, Nadia; Jaureguiberry, Pedro; Takahashi, Yasuo; Lim, Michelle; Barral, Maria P.; Farinaci, Juliana S.; Diaz-Jose, Julio; Ghosh, Sonali; Ojino, Joyce; Alassaf, Amani; Baatuuwie, Bernard N.; Balint, Lenke; Basher, Zeenatul; Boeraeve, Fanny; Budiharta, Sugeng; Chen, R.; Desrousseaux, Maylis; Dowo, Gregory; Febria, Catherine M.; Ghazi, Houda; Harmackova, Zuzanna V. ; Jaffe, R.; Kalemba, Mphatso M.; Lambini, Cosmas K.; Lasmana, Felicia P.S.; Mohammed, Assem A. A.; Niamir, Aidin ; Pliscoff, Patricio; Sabyrbekov, Rahat; Sidorovich, Anna A.; Shrestha, Uttam B.; Thompson, Laura; Valle, Mireia

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Examining progress toward achieving the Ten Steps of the Rome Declaration on Responsible Inland Fisheries

Inland capture fisheries provide food for nearly a billion people and are important in the livelihoods of millions of households worldwide. Although there are limitations to evaluating many of the contributions made by inland capture fisheries, there is growing recognition by the international community that these services make critical...

Lynch, Abigail; Bartley, Devin M.; Beard, Douglas; Cowx, Ian. G.; Funge-Smith, Simon; Taylor, William W.; Cooke, Steve J.

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Year Published: 2019

Managing effects of drought in Hawai’i and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands

How is drought expressed in Hawai‘i & USAPI? Drought is a significant climate feature in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI), at times causing severe impacts across multiple sectors. Below average precipitation anomalies are often accompanied by higher than average temperatures and reduced cloud cover. The resulting higher...

Frazier, Abby G. ; Deenik, Jonathan; Fujii, Neal; Funderburk, Greg ; Giambelluca, Thomas ; Giardina, Christian ; Helweg, David; Keener, Victoria ; Mair, Donald; Marra, John ; McDaniel, Sierra ; Ohye, Lenore ; Oki, Delwyn S.; Parsons, Elliott; Strauch, Ayron ; Trauernicht, Clay