New Guide to Help Natural Resource Managers Make Climate-Smart Conservation Decisions

  • 28 January 2011
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New Guide to Help Natural Resource Managers Make Climate-Smart Conservation Decisions

A new guide offers conservationists and resource managers a way to understand the impact of climate change on species and ecosystems and will support efforts to safeguard these valuable natural resources.

Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment is the product of an expert workgroup consisting of leading scientists from federal agencies (including NOAA), state agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. The peer-reviewed guide is designed to help conservation professionals and natural resource managers craft effective strategies to prepare for and cope with the effects of rapid climate change on the nation's fish, wildlife, and natural habitats, and the communities and economies that depend on them.

The agencies and partners are now ready to offer training on the guidebook and will pilot the first one in May 2011 with another one in August at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center. Click here to learn more and to download a copy of the guidebook.

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