2018 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources
Use this form to nominate a group or individual for the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources presented by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the Network Steering Committee for thet National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (NFWPCAS).

Nominators should review the criteria for these awards below and available online at https://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/), before completing this form.

Awardees will be notified in July, 2018, and recognized at the AFWA Annual Meeting in September, 2018 (http://www.afwaannualmeeting.org). Each Award will consist of a personalized plaque. If available, travel support may be provided to attend the award presentation at the AFWA Annual Meeting (http://www.afwaannualmeeting.org).

Please complete your nomination by 8:00pm EST Friday, April 13, 2018.

Eligibility
• Both government (federal, state, tribal, and local) and non-governmental organizations are eligible.
• Individuals and organizations may submit nominations. Self-nominations and third party nominations are acceptable.
• Individuals and organizations should be based in the United States and focus primarily on U.S. resources.
• Individual and organizations can represent sectors other than natural resources (air, forests, soils, water, fish, wildlife and plants), but must demonstrate how their work has tangible impacts on natural resources conservation.
• Nominations may be for efforts that are ongoing or recently completed.
• Previous award recipients and honorable mentions may be nominated again if their work is significantly different than the work for which they were originally recognized.

Criteria
Nominations must address one or more of the goals identified in the NFWPCAS.
• Goal 1: Conserve habitat to support healthy fish, wildlife, and plant populations and ecosystem functions in a changing climate;
• Goal 2: Manage species and habitats to protect ecosystem functions and provide sustainable commercial, subsistence, recreational and cultural use in a changing climate;
• Goal 3: Enhance capacity for effective management in a changing climate;
• Goal 4: Support adaptive management in a changing climate through integrated observation and monitoring and use of decision support tools;
• Goal 5: Increase knowledge and information on impacts and responses of fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate;
• Goal 6: Increase awareness and motivate action to safeguard fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate; and
• Goal 7: Reduce non-climate stressors to help fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems adapt to a changing climate.

Nominations will be reviewed and ranked based on the following criteria:
• PROACTIVE: Promotes preparation and response in ways that advance the resilience of natural resources in a changing climate.
• INNOVATIVE/TRANSFORMATIVE: Develops and/or applies innovative tools/approaches to advance the resilience of natural resources in a changing climate.
• RESULTS/EFFECTIVENESS: Employs highly effective proven strategies and/or obtains results in improving resilience of natural resources and/or resource-dependent communities to a changing climate.
• REPLICATION: Project is being replicated elsewhere or has high potential for replication (e.g., across regions, sectors or nation-wide).
• COLLABORATIVE: Demonstrates outstanding collaboration to advance the resilience of natural resources in a changing climate.

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