does not hinge on a single solution. Just as climate change impacts different habitats and species in different ways, a combination of different solutions is needed in our response.
Climate change is a complex natural resource management problem because it involves persistent change across large swaths of lands, waters, and geographies – and experienced locally in different ways.
Conditions fueled by or worsened by climate change may alter the ranges where fish, plants, and wildlife live and migrate, changing natural environments like habitats and ecosystems that came to be over hundreds or thousands of years. The consequences of these unprecedented changes are unknown.
Climate change will continue to affect our nation’s fish, wildlife, and plant resources in profound ways:
While many species will continue to thrive, some populations may decline, many will shift their ranges substantially, and still others will face increased risk of becoming extinct
Some species will survive in the wild only through direct and continuous intervention by wildlife and fisheries managers
Climate change impacts are occurring more often and causing more damage than at any time in recorded human history. Because these environmental changes are so pronounced and so widespread, we are using the best-available science to help decide where to adapt, where to resist, and what tools are needed to do so.
Adaptation, Mitigation, and Community Engagement
Through our conservation work and collaboration with partners, we’re committed to responding to climate change through adaptation and mitigation efforts.
We also work closely with local communities, including states and Tribes, to develop and implement solutions on a local scale.
Learn more about each approach:
- Adaptation: Helping fish, plants, and wildlife adjust to climate change impacts and moderating impacts by applying cutting-edge science to manage species and habitats.
- Mitigation: Reducing levels of planet-warming pollution (greenhouse gases) in Earth’s atmosphere.
- Community Involvement and Engagement: Joining forces with others to seek solutions to the challenges and threats to fish and wildlife conservation posed by climate change.