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A Dialogue...Wilderness and Climate Change: Impacts, Challenges, and Opportunities

On Thursday, August 13th, 2009 the Interagency Wilderness Policy Council (IWPC) hosted a one-day dialogue in Washington between government and non-governmental professionals to discuss the role of Wilderness in understanding the impacts, challenges, and opportunities presented by climate change. The meeting focused on increasing knowledge related to climate change and its effect on wilderness, identification of policy issues, opportunities for future collaboration and coordination, and priority research needs. Scientists, field managers, and non-profit partners addressed both the impacts of climate change on our National Wilderness Preservation System and the role protected areas can play in adaptation and mitigation. View the Climate Change Dialogue Agenda for this meeting.

The following presentations were made during this meeting and are now available in PDF format.



Click to listen to audio in MP3 format Listen to a recording of this meeting in MP3 format (179 MB).




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