Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaption Fund: Supporting public-private partnerships

Training Type(s): Webinar
Date / Time: February 21, 2018 2:00 pm
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Climate change poses serious concerns for the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources. To incentivize new and innovative approaches to help wildlife and ecosystems respond to climate change, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation have created the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund. Between 2011 and 2017, the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund awarded more than $14 million to 78 adaptation projects across the United States.

Speakers will describe the goals of the Fund and the 2018 Request For Proposals (RFP), provide examples of forest adaptation projects supported by the Fund, and discuss tools and resources available to help forest managers prepare for the effects of a changing climate.

Moderated by Dixie Porter, USDA Forest Service, Office of Sustainability and Climate


Introduction– Cynthia West (USDA Forest Service, Director of the Office of Sustainability and Climate) and Rob Harper (USDA Forest Service, Director Of Wildlife, Fish, Air & Rare Plants)


An Introduction to the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund – Darren Long (Director of the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund and Global Lead for WCS Climate Adaptation Program)


Questions and Answers


WCS Climate Adaptation Fund priorities and examples of past funded projects – Molly Cross (Director of Climate Adaptation for the WCS Americas Program)


Questions and Answers


Tools and resources for designing climate-informed forest management projects – Chris Swanston (USDA Forest Service, Director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and USDA Northern Forest Climate Hub Director) and Stephen Handler (USDA Forest Service, Climate Specialist for the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science)


Questions and Answers



Connection Information
Audio Conference Line: 1-877-369-5243; Access Code: 0240625##

WO Meeting Room: Leopold Training (2SE01)

Questions? Contact Aurora Cutler, auroraacutler@fs.fed.us