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Adaptation Pathways 1.0 summarizesthe 3rd Sea‐Level Rise Summit organized by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University. The event, subtitled “Connected Futures from Alaska to Florida,” was held May 3‐5, 2016, at the Ft. Lauderdale Hyatt Pier 66. In recent years, many conferences and meetings have identified the problems we face, and outlined some theoretical solutions. What we lacked was guidance for implementing specific adaptations. The goal of the Summit was to produce a first‐generation roadmap for adaptation, by translating our knowledge and ideas into action. Our resulting Adaptation Pathways (see Section III of this report) have emerged as the product of intense and sustained interactions with Summit participants, representing a broad cross‐section of society.

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ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy-makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES 2016 Conference brings together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), providing an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions.

The focus of the conference is to link science, practice, and sustainable decision-making by bringing together the ecosystem services community from around the United States and the globe. ACES 2016 will bring together leaders in government, NGOs, academia, Native American tribes, and the private sector to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions.

We hope you will make plans to join more than 500 ecosystem service stakeholders in this collaborative discussion to advance use of an ecosystem services framework for natural resource management and policy.

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Visionaries, designers, planners, policymakers, and project managers abound. Strategists are rare. As a result, resilience and revitalization efforts often fail due to 1) bad strategy, and 2) no strategy.

Worse, many places say they’re working towards resilience or revitalization, but have no process. When planners talk about urban design, it’s usually about stuff: buildings, infrastructure, public spaces, etc. But revitalization is a living process; a flow of ideas, images, relationships, and energy.

“Stuff” is essential, but designing urban or regional resilience without designing a regenerative process is like basing personal wellness on buying exercise equipment, without ongoing exercise.

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The Climate Learning Network (CLN) offers free eLearning modules and other online resources aimed at helping Extension professionals in natural resources and agriculture add climate science to existing Extension programming. The eLearning modules focus on practical ways to communicate climate science fundamentals and climate mitigation and adaptation methods to agriculture and natural resource land managers, landowners, and the public. Select modules can be taken for continuing education credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and/or Certified Crop Advisors (CCA).

Through this webinar portal you can stay up-to-date with the latest research and industry practices in forestry, conservation, bioenergy, climate change and natural resources.

These user friendly webinars provide the opportunity to accrue continuing education credits, from professional accrediting organizations such as Society of American Foresters, International Society of Arboriculture, The Wildlife Society, Certified Crop Advisors, and others. You can receive continuing education credits for select live and on-demand webinars, which makes refreshing your knowledge on natural resource topics from your desktop fast, economical, and easy.  -or-

Formed to serve the Southern Land-grant University Extension community, the office of Southern Regional Extension Forestry offers a variety of free online and in-person resources intended for use by natural resource Extension professionals to enhance their educational programming and improve their own knowledge and skills. Materials include websites, eLearning modules, fact sheets, webinars, and mobile applications.

The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program developed by the University of Florida and provided by many Extension offices and participating organizations throughout the state of Florida. FMNP training will benefit persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others.

The FMNP consists of three Core Modules

Each Module is 40 contact hours of classroom learning, field trips, and practical experience. Each Module is $275 and includes detailed course manuals and, upon completion, FMNP certificates, patches, and pins denoting their area of expertise (e.g., Wetlands Master Naturalist) and registration in the online FMNP Graduate Database. Students who choose to complete all three Core Modules will become certified Florida Master Naturalists and will receive a plaque, Master Naturalist pin, and registration in the online Master Naturalist Honor Roll Database. The FMNP does not provide university credit toward a degree-seeking program.

The FMNP also offers four Special Topics courses. Students who complete only these four courses are considered a Florida Master Naturalist Land Steward. Students who complete all seven courses (3 Core Modules and 4 Special Topics) are considered Advanced Florida Master Naturalists.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.

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