Preparing for climate change in the Great Lakes region

Rising air and water temperatures, decreasing ice cover, and shorter winters are some of the ecosystem trends predicted to continue in the Great Lakes region as a result of climate change. Preparing for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region synthesizes the views of the region's most influential organizations as they consider the policy adaptations that will be needed in the coming years to address climate change impacts. The report is based on an historic workshop held in June 2008 involving 40 representatives from Great Lakes foundations, non-governmental organizations, agencies, and universities. Participants identified resource management issues and key components of a climate change adaptation strategy. This significant report is an essential starting-point for policy-makers, natural resource managers, and decision-makers at the state and local level as they adopt and revise policies to successfully adapt to climate change. Topics covered include water conservation and efficiency; wetland restoration; land use planning and community development; and State fiscal policy.