This training and coaching session, held December 8-10, 2014 in Brunswick, ME, was developed through a partnership of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). The WCS Climate Adaptation Fund program supports on-the-ground conservation projects that demonstrate interventions for wildlife and ecosystem adaptation to climate change. Along similar lines, the NIACS-led Climate Change Response Framework is a collaborative, cross-boundary effort to incorporate climate change considerations into forest and natural resource management that has spurred more than 40 adaptation demonstration projects in the Midwest and Northeast.
This unique opportunity provided hands-on training to participants in how to consider climate change information and identify adaptation actions for conservation planning and activities. It will also furnish participants with feedback and coaching on their own real-world climate adaptation project. The training was design to help participants:
- Identify climate change impacts that pose the greatest challenges and opportunities for achieving current conservation goals with existing actions
- Describe whether and how conservation goals and actions may need to be adjusted in light of climate change
- Design a “climate-informed” on-the-ground conservation project that aims to address the effects of climate change on a focal ecosystem
- Tell a clear and compelling story of how their conservation project is designed to achieve climate adaptation outcomes
- Prepare a stronger application for future project funding to sources like the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund
Maria Janowiak is Deputy Director for the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. She coordinates for the New England Climate Change Response Framework, serving the states of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Maria has been working with land managers on issues related to climate change and adaptation since 2007. Outside of work, Maria is often found spending time with her bicycles and garden.