WCS North America

Climate Adaptation Fund

Climate Adaptation Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund is pleased to announce 13 new grants totaling $2.49 million through its Climate Adaptation Fund, a program made possible by the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  These grants represent some of the most innovative thinking and best examples of on-the-ground efforts to help species and the ecosystems on which they depend adapt to changing climatic conditions across the United States. 

WCS is proud to support these groundbreaking and important projects that will serve as models of best practice for future-smart and sustainable investments in restoration, land and water management actions, and science-based adaptation for many years to come. 

Congratulations to the 2014 Climate Adaptation Fund Projects

Learn about the projects supported this year


Curious what sort of projects receive support through the Climate Adaptation Fund? Check out three short films we've posted on Vimeo (Check out all 4 Here!). 

Below, we've shared one of these films about a project lead by The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, a 2012 recipient of a WCS Climate Adaptation Fund grant.

Preparing the Northwoods for an Uncertain Future from WCS Climate Adaptation Fund on Vimeo.

In the Great Lakes region, conventional forestry practices currently emphasize the regeneration of aspen-birch forests. Today’s forestry techniques, such as clear-cutting and planting white spruce or red pine, are likely to become commercially and ecologically unviable as many northern tree species.

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What We've Learned – a publication highlighting lessons learned from two years of grantmaking through the Climate Adaptation Fund

Recognizing the need to stimulate efforts to achieve conservation goals in light of the daunting impacts of climate change, the Climate Adaptation Fund is supporting applied projects demonstrating effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Following two years of grantmaking in this new conservation arena, we have learned many lessons and have seen positive signs of growth in this rapidly evolving field of climate change adaptation. We have compiled these insights in a new paper that we will continue to build upon in the future. In the meantime, read about What We've Learned thus far.


In 2006, thanks to the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the WCS Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund was launched. Over these past four years, the Opportunities Fund awarded more than $7.2 million for 81 wildlife conservation projects in 46 states, working to restore habitat, protect movement corridors, incorporate wildlife into land-use planning decisions, reintroduce endangered species, and implement priorities of State Wildlife Action Plans. We are proud of the conservation outcomes achieved by all of these projects and grateful for the on-going support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Learn more about grants awarded through the Climate Adaptation Fund in 2012

Read more about the history of our grantmaking program from 2006-2010


WCS North America Program
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Key Staff

Darren Long
Progam Director, Climate Adaptation Fund
Kathryn Dunning
Director of Communications and Operations, Climate Adaptation Fund
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