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A Changing Climate

The Pacific Islands are extremely vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate.  However, incorporating climate change components into protected area planning is a relatively new field and for some practitioners, has not been considered in management planning or implementation.  The resources in this section are intended to assist practitioners with monitoring, managing and adapting for climate change within a protected areas framework.  

Both staghorn coral and an uninhabited island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. (Photograph by Andre Seale/Marine Photobank)

 

pacific climate change portal

 

For further information on climate change in the Pacific, visit the Pacific Climate Change Portal which aims to ensure that climate change‐related information and tools held by regional and national institutions in the Pacific Islands are readily accessible in a coordinated and user-friendly manner.
 
 

 

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change

Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change

Over the 21s t century, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior envision a North American continent continuing to be altered by accelerating climate change, but managed to sustain diverse, distributed, and abundant populations of fish and wildlife through conservation of healthy habitats in a network of interconnected, ecologically functioningc landscapes. 


US Forest Service - Office of the Climate Change Advisor

 

US Forest Service  - Office of the Climate Change Advisor

National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change


U.S. National Park Service and Climate Change

Climate Change and Your National Parks

Today's rapid climate change challenges national parks in ways we've never seen before. Glaciers are retreating at an unprecedented rate, increasingly destructive storms threaten cultural resources and park facilities, habitat is disrupted—the list goes on. Discover how climate change is affecting our nation's treasures, what the National Park Service is doing about it, and how you can help.

The site has numerous resources and links to many national parks explaining how each is addressing climate change.


Videos of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project

Videos are an incredibly powerful tool for communicating dense information quickly.  Videos of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project. We've put together a video playlist here

·  Climate Change in the Pacific: WATER

·  Climate Change in the Pacific: FOOD

·  Climate Change in the Pacific: COASTS 

·  PACC Micronesia: Vital Access

·  PACC Tokelau: Vital Health

·  PACC Samoa: Vital Coast 


Vulnerability of Pacific Island Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

What is Climate Change Communication?
Climate change communication refers to the diverse processes by which climate change-related information, knowledge, ideas, emotions, meaning, values, and behaviors flow between individuals and through societies.

The Yale Program conducts scientific studies on public opinion and behavior; informs the decision-making of governments, media, companies, and advocates; educates the public about climate change; and helps build public and political will for climate action.