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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report that can
help reduce the potential impact of climate change on estuaries,
forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and other sensitive ecosystems.
The report, entitled Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for
Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources, identifies strategies to
protect the environment as these changes occur.
“People always say ‘Don’t just tell us what will happen – tell us
what we can do about it,’” said Dr. George Gray, assistant
administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “By using
the strategies outlined in this document, we can help managers protect
our parks, rivers, and forests from possible future impacts of a
To develop this assessment, scientists studied national parks,
national forests, national wildlife refuges, wild and scenic rivers,
national estuaries, and marine protected areas – all protected by the
federal government. The report takes a unique approach by using the
management goals set for each protected area to understand what
strategies will increase the resilience of each ecosystem – in other
words, increase the amount of change or disturbance that an ecosystem
can absorb before it shifts to a different ecosystem.
Using these strategies, managers can maintain the original goals set
for these ecosystems under changing climatic conditions. The strategies
will be useful to federal agencies and can also be broadly applied to
lands and waters managed by other government or nongovernmental
The report finds that climate change can increase the impact of
traditional stressors (such as pollution or habitat destruction) on
ecosystems, and that many existing best management practices to reduce
these stressors can also be applied to reduce the impacts of climate
change. For example, current efforts to reverse habitat destruction by
restoring vegetation along streams also increase ecosystem resilience
to climate change impacts, such as greater amounts of pollutants and
sediments from more intense rainfall. Our country’s ability to adapt to
climate change will depend on a variety of factors including
recognizing the barriers to implementing new strategies, expanding
collaboration among ecosystem managers, creatively re-examining program
goals and authorities, and being flexible in setting priorities and
managing for change.
The peer-reviewed report provides the best-available science to date
on management adaptations for ecosystems and resources. It was
developed following the guidelines developed by the U.S. Climate Change
The Global Change Research Program in EPA’s Office of Research and
Development led the development of the report. It is one of 21
synthesis and assessment products commissioned by the CCSP.
The CCSP was established in 2002 to provide the Nation with
science-based knowledge to manage the risks and opportunities of
changes in the climate and related environmental systems. The program
is responsible for coordinating and integrating the research of 13
federal agencies on climate and global change.
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