In response to increasingly dramatic changes in the Sky Island region, Sky Island Alliance initiated a climate change adaptation project in 2009. Climate change and resulting shifts in natural resources available for ecosystem maintenance and human well-being is the most significant long-term threat facing the Sky Island region. Disruptions in the amount, timing, and intensity of precipitation combined with increased temperatures and fires events are already having considerable visible impacts on species, ecological systems and ecosystem service delivery.
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Sky Island Alliance is working with partners including NOAA-funded Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), the Udall Foundation U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, EcoAdapt the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment,and School of Natural Resources and the Environment to connect leading planners and thinkers in natural resource management and conservation with experts on regional climate impacts and adaptation. Through this project we seek to increase resilience in the region by ensuring implementation of climate-smart, landscape level management and conservation. Tools include a climate change adaptation survey, the Arizona Climate Change Network, and climate change adaptation workshops. Learn more about project goals.
ARIZONA CLIMATE CHANGE NETWORK
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The Arizona Climate Change Network is a network of natural resource management, planning, and conservation professionals, scientists, and landowners concerned with mounting effects of climate change at the local and regional level. By connecting leading planners and thinkers in natural resource management and conservation with experts on regional climate impacts and adaptation, the Network is fostering knowledge sharing and generating new management strategies to respond to changes.
Planning for, and developing strategies to address climate change impacts is a complex process that will require a landscape level approach. We will be convening climate change adaptation workshops in the late summer of 2010 to address natural resource management, planning and conservation in the face of climate change. Targeted at natural resource managers, planners, conservation groups and private landowners, these workshops will prompt participants to look at management and conservation through the lens of uncertain climate impacts in order to promote the creation of adaptation strategies to safeguard ecological systems and the wildlife and human populations that depend on them.
For more information about workshops contact Louise Misztal.
CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES
Climate Assessment for the Southwest
CLIMAS was established to assess the impacts of climate variability and longer-term climate change on human and natural systems in the Southwest. Our mission is to improve the ability of the region to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes.
EcoAdapt is at the center of climate change adaptation and innovation. They bring together divers players in the conservation, policy, science, and development communities to reshape conservation and development in response to rapic climate change.
University of Arizona Institute of the Environment
The Institute of the Environment collaborates across The University of Arizona campus to understand, communicate, and solve the environmental challenges facing our world, nation, and state, as well as to help the people of Arizona seize opportunities created by these challenges.
USA National Phenology Network
The USA National Phenology Network brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States.
The Nature Conservancy's Southwest Climate Change Initiative
The Nature Conservancy initiated the SWCCI to provide guidance to conservation practitioners and land managers in climate change adaptation planning and implementation on more local scales.
University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment
The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) address grand challenges in environmental sciences by integrating across the boundaries of biology, physical science, resource management, and international resource issues. SNRE responds directly to the demands of society for solutions to natural resource issues through vertical integration of the processes of scientific discovery, applications research, teaching, stakeholder engagement, extension, and decision support systems.
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes. They will link science and conservation delivery. LCCs are true cooperatives, formed and directed by land, water, wildlife and cultural resource managers and interested public and private organizations. Federal, state, tribal, local government and non-governmental management organizations are all invited as partners in their development.
Adaptation 2009: Safeguarding Fish, Wildlife and Natural Systems in the Face of Climate Change
Convened by the Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program (WHPRP) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) on February 18-19, 2009, this conference brought together more than 130 professionals working on management, policy and research related to wildlife and climate change.