Climate and Conservation: New Principles

The CCCI Climate Impacts Assessment, crafted by the CCCI Science Advisory Committee, created a set of “guiding principles” for CCCI and its partners to follow to adapt our traditional large landscape conservation programs to ones guided by climate change as a major stressor on the landscape. These principles are:

  1. Reduce pressures on species and ecosystems from sources other than climate change.
  2. Increase the extent and effectiveness of protected areas.
  3. Enhance connectivity within and around the region.
  4. Manage and/or restore ecosystem functions.
  5. Consider the needs of keystone, indicator, and charismatic species.
  6. Access and apply the best available science and with it support or create effective monitoring systems.
  7. Engage communities to understand and discuss new challenges and create solutions.
  8. Collaborate at appropriate scales.

How CCCI responded to this new direction for conservation:

  1. We affirmed that a large-landscape and connectivity approach was the appropriate response to climate change in the Crown, and accelerated our efforts.
  2. We selected new landscapes to focus on, based on climate change data. For example, our decision to work in Montana’s Whitefish Range was based on the need to secure critical north-south wildlife movement corridors, and to protect lower elevation habitat for endangered species.
  3. We adopted a long term strategy to develop new areas of work, such as our upcoming focus on water and cold-water fisheries
  4. Read how CCCI and its partners are adapting our approach to conservation as a result of these new principles.