WWF Adaptation and Resilience Initiatives
WWF’s Adaptation and Resilience program has two major goals: 1) to help the field of conservation adapt to climate change, and 2) to ensure that our partners make environmentally responsible, climate-informed investment decisions in their efforts to build climate resilience. We provide thought leadership on emerging issues through several major initiatives.
Much of the vast amount of climate science generated to date has not been tailored to meet the needs of conservationists. The ADVANCE partnership between WWF and the joint NASA-Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) is reinventing the way climate science is produced and used in conservation, development and disaster management planning. We work closely with local stakeholders in developing countries to co-generate custom-designed climate projections that address their unique concerns while providing guidance and building capacity to use climate science effectively. And together we help guide policy and practice to ensure that nature considered and respected in all adaptation and resilience building efforts. worldwildlife.org/advance
The increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, many driven by climate change, poses a growing threat to nature as people prepare for and recover from these events. Building on WWF’s globally-recognized Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training Toolkit (GRRT), we are scaling its efforts in this field with a number of initiatives including our new Green Guide to Flood Management and the creation of the EDM HelpDesk, which will assist our partners with environmentally responsible disaster recovery and risk reduction through nature-based approaches. Among the many institutions that have approached WWF for expert guidance and partnerships are the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the UN disaster management system, the American Red Cross, the government of Nepal and the US Department of Defense. envirodm.org | green-recovery.org
To date little attention has been devoted to understanding how people are responding to climate change and extreme weather, and how their responses affect biodiversity. Building upon its position as a thought leader in this emerging field, WWF and its partners (e.g. Peace Corps and others) are collecting data from WWF priority places through an innovate crowdsourcing initiative, Climate Crowd. WWF is analyzing collected data to search for trends on how human responses to climate change are driving ecosystem degradation to inform our conservation strategies and the policies and practice of our institutional partners. Through small, targeted interventions that help people adapt to change, we aim to reduce pressures on wildlife and their habitats. wwfclimatecrowd.org
WWF has developed a simple tool that enables researchers and conservation practitioners to assess species vulnerability to climate change. Seven species have been assessed to date with additional species planned for the future. Based on these assessments, climate-adaptive management strategies are recommended to assist in the conservation of the species. In the next phase of this work, WWF will support pilot projects based on these recommendations. In partnership with the North American Association of Environmental Educators, WWF has also developed a curriculum for educators to use in high schools and universities. worldwildlife.org/wildlife-and-climate
WWF has developed a series of free, interactive online courses on climate change and adaptation that are designed specifically for those interested in environmental conservation but useful for people working in many fields. The courses use simple, non-technical language to explain concepts that are often confusing for newcomers to climate change adaptation. The site also offers instructions and materials for fun, participatory activities for use in face-to-face adaptation trainings. Courses are available in English, Spanish and Russian. Additional courses, activities and translations in French, Chinese and other languages are in development. wwfadapt.org