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Planning for a Changing Climate in National Parks

Where: Online
Oct 26 - 28, 2021

Overview

Planning for a Changing Climate provides training on the incorporation of climate-smart adaptation principles into existing National Park Service planning efforts. Participants will explore several real-world case studies to learn how climate-smart principles have been used to manage resources and values in the face of projected climate hazards.

The training provides an in-depth introduction to the NPS Climate Adaptation Planning Cycle. Through a step-by-step application, participants will become familiar with key terms and concepts related to adaptation, scenario planning, and decision frameworks for managing protected areas amidst an era of continuous change.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain a general understanding of how climate change affects NPS natural and cultural resources, facilities, and visitors’ experience, and how some parks are addressing climate-related challenges through planning.
  • Understand the fundamentals of NPS adaptation planning and management.
  • Gain experience implementing the six-step planning process described in Planning for a Changing Climate, how it can be used to incorporate climate considerations in a diversity of NPS planning processes and products, and basic information sources to inform the process.

Notes

Target Audience

National, regional, and park-level planners, others involved in park planning, and senior park managers for the National Park Service.

Pre-requisites

  • Attend September 8 RAD Framework Webinar (1 Hr)
  • Attend October 12 Pre-Webinar (2 Hrs)
  • Complete Scenario Planning Learning Activity (Self-paced, 1 Hr) - under construction
  • Pre-reading (3 Hrs)

Information about these activities will be provided to participants when selections have been made.

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