Building Resilience to Climate Change One Landscape at a Time: The Resolve of the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

Approximately 2,216 Disney Magic Kingdoms… that’s the equivalent number of acres of habitat that Florida could lose to sea level rise and urbanization by 2060. That’s just Florida.

Across the country, conservation challenges like sea level rise, urbanization, land use changes, and invasive species emphasize the critical need to identify, conserve, and restore important lands and waters and make them more resilient to a changing climate.

Southwest Florida is one of seven landscape-scale partnerships selected to participate in the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative along with the California Headwaters, California's North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, Crown of the Continent, Great Lakes Coastal, Hawai’i, and Puget Sound's Snohomish River Watershed.

Five of the seven projects leveraged Landscape Conservation Cooperative leadership, capacity, public-private partnerships, and/or resources from the Peninsular Florida, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Great Northern and California LCCs and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative.

Some of the partnerships’ accomplishments include:

Crown of the Continent (northern Rocky Mountains): The partnership created seamless Crown of the Continent geospatially explicit data sets and maps for targeted species and stressors at the transboundary landscape scale, and new strategies and tools that are helping address ecosystem threats, protect target species, and identify critical areas for building habitat connectivity and ecosystem resilience. The Great Northern LCC supported this work.

 

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