Adaptation is a term that refers to a type of climate change mitigation. When applied to wetlands, adaptation refers to the actions pertaining to wetland processes, wetland management practices, or wetland functions to reduce or offset potential adverse impacts of climate change. State and federal government agencies have begun to explore and adopt adaptation strategies as part of their climate change action plans, or goals for future actions. For example, states may be looking at ways to incorporate climate change adaptation into their wetlands protection program, with some overlapping goals in both regulatory and resource management areas. Adaptation strategies for coastal and freshwater wetlands are explored in ASWM's Recommendations for a National Wetlands and Climate Change Initiative paper (2009).
ASWM's State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries (2010) is posted here. These summaries are updated on an ongoing basis as information about new tools and adaptation planning becomes available for each state. These summaries have been updated in 2013.
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Climate Change Adaptation