National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy 

Our climate is changing, and these changes are already impacting the nation’s valuable natural resources and the people, communities and economies that depend on them. Changes are expected to significantly increase over time, challenging our ability to manage and sustain these resources and the essential services they provide Americans every day. By taking steps now to help safeguard the nation’s natural resources against the impacts of climate change, we will be better able to limit future damages and their associated costs, and more effectively take advantage of beneficial opportunities.

Please visit www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov 

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Goals

The Strategy identifies seven goals to help fish, wildlife, plants and ecosystems cope withthe impacts of climate change. These goals were developed collectively by diverse teams of federal, state, and tribal technical experts, based on existing research and understanding regarding the needs of these valuable resources.

Goal 1
Conserve habitat to support healthy 
fish, wildlife and plant populations 
and ecosystem functions in a changing 
climate. 
Goal 2
Manage species and habitats to protect 
ecosystem functions and provide 
sustainable cultural, subsistence, 
recreational, and commercial use in a 
changing climate. 
Goal 3
Enhance capacity for effective 
management in a changing climate. 
Goal 4
Support adaptive management in a 
changing climate through integrated 
observation and monitoring and 
improved decision support tools. 
Goal 5
Increase knowledge and information on 
impacts and responses of fish, wildlife 
and plants to a changing climate. 
Goal 6
Increase awareness and motivate action 
to safeguard fish, wildlife and plants in a 
changing climate. 
Goal 7
Reduce non-climate stressors to help 
fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems 
adapt to a changing climate.
Goal 1
Conserve habitat to support healthy fish, wildlife and plant populations and ecosystem functions in a changing climate. 

Goal 2
Manage species and habitats to protect ecosystem functions and provide sustainable cultural, subsistence, recreational, and commercial use in a changing climate.

Goal 3
Enhance capacity for effective management in a changing climate. 

Goal 4
Support adaptive management in a changing climate through integrated observation and monitoring and improved decision support tools. 

Goal 5
Increase knowledge and information on impacts and responses of fish, wildlife and plants to a changing climate. 

Goal 6
Increase awareness and motivate action to safeguard fish, wildlife and plants in a changing climate.

Goal 7
Reduce non-climate stressors to help fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems adapt to a changing climate.

WHAT IS IT?

The National Fish, wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation strategy is a comprehensive, multi-partner response to the threat of climate change in the United states. It is a call to action—a framework for effective steps that can be taken, or at least initiated, over the next five to 10 years based on climate change projections for the next century. It is designed to be a key part of the nation’s larger response to a changing climate, and to guide responsible actions by natural resource managers and other decision-makers at all levels of government.