Today, those who work to protect and manage the Crown’s natural heritage are faced with an unprecedented challenge, as global climate change accelerates and introduces new complexity and uncertainty into conservation management and decision-making. Meanwhile, the current political climate in the United States threatens the good work that has already been accomplished in the region.

While a number of the Crown’s existing attributes – including an expansive network of natural and protected areas and linkage zones with the opportunity for further enhancement, strong cooperative management networks among public and private entities, and a thriving NGO conservation community – provide a firm foundation for the region’s human and natural communities to cope with and adapt to climate change, there are no shortage of new challenges.

Rapid climate change in the Crown requires urgent action on behalf of managers, landowners and community members to prepare for and implement coordinated and complementary climate adaptation strategies and CCI is uniquely positioned to lead progress on these priorities.