Social Science for Climate Change
Susan Moser

Adaptation in the Conservation Sector

lionPer request by the Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-US), I prepared a framework for adaptation planning that can be used by local field staff in conservation areas around the world. The handbook, illustrated with field examples provided by WWF staff, provides conservation planners with a big-picture overview of vulnerability assessments and the analyses of adaptation options and barriers, while providing insights into effective communication and stakeholder engagement practices that facilitate participatory adaptation planning and implementation in local communities. For more on WWF’s adaptation work, see here.

With colleagues from the Local Government Commission and the Geos Institute, I assisted local communities in California (San Luis Obispo and Fresno counties) as they began planning for adaptation to climate change. I contributed to several workshops with stakeholders in these communities to conduct vulnerability and adaptation options assessments for social systems (populations, economic sectors, and community infrastructure and services). Other project partners focused particularly on natural systems. Project outputs can be found here and at the LGC's project website for Fresno and San Luis Obispo.

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