Fish and fisheries are facing unprecedented challenges from droughts, heat waves, floods, wildfires, and storms, and rising seas associated with climate change. Nature-based solutions, in conjunction with emissions reductions, can help mitigate some of the worst climate change impacts on fisheries, communities, and the economy. Strategic investments in conservation and infrastructure programs can maintain and restore healthy land and waters that provide resilience for fish, store carbon, support clean drinking water, safeguard food supplies, reduce flooding, and support local economies.

May 2021 Congressional Briefing: Building Climate Resilience for Fish and Communities through Land and Water Conservation Projects