National Wildlife Federation Brings Climate-Smart Conservation to the Great Lakes

06-15-2011 // Mekell Mikell
Elk Lake at sunset

Climate change is bringing new challenges to the Great Lakes region and changing the way communities think about conservation. The National Wildlife Federation and EcoAdapt are working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to reduce the vulnerability of the Great Lakes area by developing methods to ensure that coastal planning and restoration projects are “climate-smart.” Today, these conservation partners are releasing an innovative new guidance, Restoring the Great Lakes’ Coastal Future, which factors in regional climate change impacts and provides key recommendations to enhance the durability of Great Lakes restoration.

Click here to read Restoring the Great Lakes’ Coastal Future.

Our region has 20 percent of the world’s freshwater reserves and a rich collection of fish and wildlife, all of which could be devastated by the impacts of climate change, “ said Melinda Koslow, regional campaign manager for the Great Lakes Regional Center for the National Wildlife Federation. “This guidance provides us with a powerful tool to plan for the future and protect our resources.”

Applying a climate-smart restoration framework to future restoration projects in the Great Lakes region will greatly benefit people, wildlife, and the environment. Visit the National Wildlife Federation’s Climate-Smart Conservation page to find out more about the work that we do to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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