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Integrating Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 4:00 pm
Hanusia Higgins
Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Ambarish Karmalkar
University of Rhode Island


Often referred to as "comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies," State Wildlife Action Plans are proactive planning documents that are revised every ten years. Within the NE CASC region, 14 states are currently revising their plans. To assist these states with integrating climate science into their SWAPs, NE CASC led the development of a regional synthesis across four key areas to address unique threats to Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN). This talk will present key findings from these four areas: 1) regional and state-specific climate change projections for a range of climate variables (e.g., air temperature, precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, sea level rise); 2) existing regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVAs); 3) biological responses to climate impacts with a focus on Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN); and 4) a range of adaptation strategies and actions available to natural resource agencies to conserve wildlife and ecosystems over the short and long term. The speakers will also discuss lessons learned when working with state partners to develop an actionable resource.  

About the Speakers

Hanusia Higgins is an ORISE Fellow at the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Ambarish Karmalkar is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of Rhode Island. 

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