The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Climate Change Action Program unites efforts to accelerate our response to the impacts of climate change on the country’s natural resources. A living framework that serves to guide our work, the Climate Change Action Program will evolve as we learn how to manage fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats in a rapidly changing climate. With an emphasis on working with others, the seven core elements of the Climate Change Action Program provide a foundation for Service-wide actions focused on climate adaptation and mitigation.

Seven Elements of the Climate Change Action Program:

  1. Adaptation and Resilience: Integrate climate adaptation and resilience actions throughout the management of Service trust resources to ensure our conservation actions have a lasting impact.

  2. Climate Science: Collaborate with other science organizations to ensure the best available climate science is applied to our natural resource management decisions as well as Service infrastructure.

  3. National Conservation Adaptation Strategy: Support national strategies to promote collaborative conservation adaptation planning.

  4. Partnerships: Collaborate with partners on climate adaptation efforts with attention to social and environmental justice.

  5. Climate Mitigation: Achieve net zero emissions for the Service by 2050 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations, expanding the use of renewable energy and increasing our carbon sequestration capacity through nature-based solutions.

  6. Policy: Review, revise and create new regulations and policies that support climate adaptation and mitigation action across the Service

  7. Capacity: Expand capacity to implement on-the-ground adaptation, resiliency and mitigation projects.