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:
- Reduce pressures on species and ecosystems from sources other than climate change.
- Increase the extent and effectiveness of protected areas.
- Enhance connectivity within and around the region.
- Manage and/or restore ecosystem functions.
- Consider the needs of keystone, indicator, and charismatic species.
- Access and apply the best available science and with it support or create effective monitoring systems.
- Engage communities to understand and discuss new challenges and create solutions.
- Collaborate at appropriate scales.
How CCCI responded to this new direction for conservation:
- We affirmed that a large-landscape and connectivity approach was the appropriate response to climate change in the Crown, and accelerated our efforts.
- 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.
- We adopted a long term strategy to develop new areas of work, such as our upcoming focus on water and cold-water fisheries
- Read how CCCI and its partners are adapting our approach to conservation as a result of these new principles.