A Climate-Smart Approach to Adaptive Management of North-central California Coast and Ocean Habitats, Species, and Ecosystem Services

A Climate-Smart Approach to Adaptive Management of North-central CA Coast and Ocean Habitats, Species, and Ecosystem Services

This webinar originally aired on 7 August 2014.

The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Climate-Smart Adaptation Project for the North-central California Coast and Ocean is an effort to integrate adaptive management, as well as monitoring, mitigation, and climate change education, into sanctuary management. The project will produce a comprehensive and prioritized adaptation implementation plan based on climate-smart principles. A climate-smart approach seeks nature-based solutions to reduce climate change impacts on wildlife and people, and enhance resilience to sustain vibrant, diverse ecosystems. Phase 1 of the project consists of a 2-part workshop series that engages scientists and resource managers to identify focal species, habitats, and ecosystem services and develop vulnerability assessments for these focal resources. Phase 2 uses this information to define plausible climate scenarios for the region and develop and prioritize adaptive management recommendations, with special focus on living shoreline projects, through a working group of local stakeholders. After evaluating these recommendations, the sanctuary will develop a detailed implementation plan and design pilot living shoreline projects with the goal of proactively sustaining diverse ecosystems through nature-based solutions.

This webinar discussed this work and applications for MPAs worldwide. This webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, EcoAdapt, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News, and it was presented by Sara Hutto of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

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