New DOI manual chapter provides guidance for addressing climate change impacts
The Department of Interior's (DOI) Office of Policy Analysis has issued a new chapter on climate change policy for DOI's Department manual. The chapter provides guidance for addressing climate change impacts upon the Department’s mission, programs, operations, and personnel.
Excerpt from the policy
It is the policy of the Department to effectively and efficiently adapt to the challenges posed by climate change to its mission, programs, operations, and personnel. The Department will use the best available science to increase understanding of climate change impacts, inform decision making, and coordinate an appropriate response to impacts on land, water, wildlife, cultural and tribal resources, and other assets. The Department will integrate climate change adaptation strategies into its policies, planning, programs, and operations, including, but not limited to, park, refuge, and public land management; habitat restoration; conservation of species and ecosystems; services and support for tribes and Alaska Natives; protection and restoration of cultural, archeological and tribal resources; water management; scientific research and data collection; land acquisition; management of employees and volunteers; visitor services; construction; use authorizations; and facilities maintenance.