Publications

CCI has led or played a key role in developing the following publications:

Climate Impacts Assessment

Link to document: Climate Impacts Assessment

Published in 2010, this report detailed the observed and projected changes to the natural environment as a result of climate change, and recommended key principles for conservation managers and practitioners to consider in their conservation work. This report was one of the first focused on understanding and responding to climate change specifically within the transboundary Crown region.

Climate Change Adaptation Gap Analysis of the Crown of the Continent

Link to document: Climate Change Adaptation Gap Analysis for the Crown of the Continent

Published in July 2014, the purpose of this study was to identify specific actions within the Crown region that could advance climate change adaptation for a suite of focal species and processes. The study conducted a gap analysis of recommended climate adaptation strategies identified by expert opinion surveys and a literature review across the CCE landscape by asking managers, conservation practitioners (NGOs) and community members to evaluate the effectiveness, feasibility and implementation status of each strategy. Results include a prioritized list of explicit on-the-ground, and policy and capacity building measures that, if implemented, will increase the adaptive capacity of CCE institutions and communities to respond to and manage for change within the CCE landscape.

A Three-Step Decision Support Framework for Climate Adaptation

Link to document: A Three-Step Decision Support Framework for Climate Adaptation

This framework illustrates a process for selecting climate-informed conservation goals and strategies, using native trout species as a case study. A product of the Rocky Mountain Partner Forum, this report was co-authored by CCI’s climate adaptation program manager, and aims to help managers think critically about how to apply climate information to management decisions.

Taking Action on Climate Change in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem

(In Press)

This article, to be published in Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, describes the origin of the Crown Adaptation Partnership, its model of success, and discusses lessons learned in order to inspire large landscape climate adaptation efforts elsewhere.

A Geodiversity Gap Analysis of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem

Link to document: A Geodiversity Gap Analysis of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (2016)

This analysis, conducted in partnership with the University of Montana, makes recommendations for how the Crown of the Continent’s protected areas network could be expanded to efficiently protect the full geodiversity (also known as “land facets”) contained in the Crown.

Developing Shared Strategies for a Shared Landscape

Link to document: Final Workshop Report | Taking Action on Climate Change Adaptation: A Workshop to Develop Shared Strategies for a Shared Landscape (March 2014)

This workshop, led by CCI, the Crown Managers Partnership, and The Wilderness Society, and sponsored by the Crown Roundtable’s Adaptive Management Initiative, brought together managers, scientists, and stakeholders to identify urgent and shared priorities related to climate change adaptation. The results of this workshop informed the subsequent conservation priorities of the Crown Adaptation Partnership, of which CCI is a lead partner.

We Need the Needles

Link to document: Final Workshop Report | We Need the Needles: Coordinating Action to Conserve 5-Needle Pine Forests in the Crown of the Continent (March 2016)

This workshop, led by the Crown Adaptation Partnership, focused on examining the type and amount of restoration needed to maintain vulnerable whitebark and limber pine forests in an era of shifting climate, and developed recommendations to overcome existing barriers to current restoration efforts. CCI, as a CAP partner and in partnership with American Forests, has been instrumental in launching the Crown of the Continent High Five Working Group to carry forward the recommendations that emerged from this workshop.

Piloting Adaptation Strategies to Reduce Vulnerability and Increase Resilience for Native Salmonids

Link to document: Final Workshop Report | Taking Action on Climate Change Adaptation: Piloting Adaptation Strategies to Reduce Vulnerability and Increase Resilience for Native Salmonids in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (November 2014)

This workshop, led by the Crown Adaptation Partnership, identified nine priority climate adaptation strategies and potential pilot projects for supporting these important fish populations across the CCE.