Scientists predict that climate change will have significant impacts on fish and wildlife habitats and populations. As a result, state agencies are being challenged to manage and respond in such a way that fish and wildlife will adapt and survive; recreation and economies that are dependent on them will thrive; and social benefits of functioning ecosystems will persist (e.g. fish and wildlife habitat, water quantity and quality).
To prepare for and remediate the impacts of climate change, state and federal agencies must adapt existing programs; accelerate program delivery; and develop short- and long-term state, regional and national plans. Funding continues to be a critical issue to support agency efforts to meet their trust responsibilities now and in the future.
AFWA Staff Contacts
Dr. Jonathan Mawdsley
National Fish WIldlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
ESA & Climate Change Working Group