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Jun 30, 2020

In episode 115 of America Adapts, a re-release of episode 80, “Adapting Conservation to Climate Change at WWF”, Doug Parson joins World Wildlife Fund’s Shaun Martin to revisit this episode and to see the progress that has been made from when it was originally released on Dec. 17th, 2018. In the original episode we take a behind the scenes look at how WWF is adapting conservation to the new realities of climate change and helping governments prepare for the future in ways that ensure a place for nature. During this 8-month journey, Doug follows how WWF is developing a simple process to integrate climate change risks into its strategies and documents the challenges and triumphs they face along the way. This episode features WWF staff from 20 countries on 5 continents, telling stories on a wide range of topics including elephants, super-typhoons, and urban water scarcity – all served up with a strong dose of instant coffee and a side of chicken gizzards!

Topics covered:

  • Part 1: Prelude – A world tour to learn how climate change is already affecting WWF’s conservation work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. @1:26.
  • Part 2: CLICSNAP – Thirty WWF staff from around the world convene in Nairobi to develop climate-smarting principles for conservation and National Adaptation Plans and have a lot of fun doing so! @17:10
  • Part 3: Follow up – WWF staff from Vietnam, Norway and Mexico talk about their experiences using the CLICSNAP process developed in Kenya with colleagues back in their home offices, and Shaun Martin talks about what’s next for WWF’s adaptation journey. @1:24:32

Resources from WWF

WWF Adapt Free, interactive and brief online courses covering climate change and adaptation basics for conservationists and their allies. Available in 7 languages.

WWF NAP recommendations

CLICSNAP Principles of Climate Informed Conservation Strategies 2018

Environment and Disaster Management WWF’s portal for disaster managers and conservationists with resources to help reduce disaster risk and recover from disasters using environmentally responsible practices.

WWF Climate Crowd Explore this crowdsourcing project to learn about how vulnerable communities are affected by changes in climate and weather, how they are responding, and how their responses impact the natural environment.

Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund This initiative supports the testing of new ideas that have potential to reduce the vulnerability of wildlife to changes in climate through on-the-ground projects.

Third Pole GeoLab Explore how climate change is affecting communities and snow leopards in Asia’s High Mountains through interactive maps and stories.

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