Maintain and restore ecological connectivity

This objective complements Adaptation Objective 2 by recognizing that species and their habitats could shift their distributions in response to climate change. It takes the further step to identify where that movement will likely take place across the landscape and accordingly identifies current and potential future travel routes and impediments (such as terrain, vegetation, human land use, and geological barriers) to movement.

The goal is to ensure that species will be able to reach new locations that can support their populations as climate changes. While increasing habitat connectivity to facilitate gene flow and decrease the incidence of local extinction is usually the focus of conservation efforts, climate change could also create corridors that reduce wildlife populations by increasing disease transmission, colonization of exotic species, or lead to non-analog communities.

Species and populations

Ecosystem Level

Landscape Level