Association of Fish and Wildlife 100th Annual Meeting, September 2010

By Rachel M. Gregg

Last month EcoAdapt and CAKE staff attend the Association of Fish and Wildlife’s 100th Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. We joined over 600 fish and wildlife professionals including directors of many state fish and wildlife agencies and their counterparts in federal agencies.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) represents the collective voice of state, provincial, and territorial agencies to all levels of government on key fish and wildlife issues. The Association also coordinates between state agencies on a variety of transboundary issues, represents the agencies on Capitol Hill, and provides technical support and training. The AFWA Annual Meeting serves primarily as a business meeting for the association members to meet and discuss priorities and cross-cutting issues for the coming year and challenges or concerns agencies are having at a state level.

Climate change and climate change adaptation were major topics of discussion at committee meetings. Overwhelmingly committee members expressed confusion over what qualified as an adaptation project and a need to see examples of adaptation projects. Luckily, we had the opportunity to speak to a variety of committees about CAKE. We received great feedback from our presentations and there was a big interest in using case studies on CAKE as training tools and for examples to aid staff in their own adaptation planning.

We look forward to engaging with the AFWA community and others in the future!