Conserving Land and Water Resources
(Climate Action Plan, p. 15.)
- The Administration is to implement climate-adaptation strategies that promote resilience in fish and wildlife populations, forests and other plant communities, freshwater resources, and the ocean.
- Federal agencies are to identify and evaluate ways to improve natural defenses against extreme weather, protect biodiversity, conserve natural resources in the face of climate change, and manage public lands and natural systems to store more carbon.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
November 1, 2013: President Obama issued an executive order that requires a complete inventory and assessment of water- and land-related steps needed to improve resiliency of watersheds, natural resources, ecosystems, and the communities that depend on them. The heads of DOD, DOI, USDA, EPA, NOAA, FEMA, USACE, and other agencies are to work with the Chair of CEQ and the Director of OMB to complete the inventory and assessment within nine months (i.e., by September 1, 2014). Where possible, the agencies are to focus on ways to increase resilience while also mitigating the causes of climate change, including through carbon sequestration. (Exec. Order No. 13,653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, 78 Fed. Reg. 66,819 (Nov. 6, 2013), § 3. The online Sustainable Facilities Tool has a very helpful annotated version of the order.)
This page was last updated on Feb. 6, 2013.