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CAKE offers way forward for climate change adaptation
Date:7/29/2010

Washington, D.C (July 29, 2010) While pundits write obituaries for the 2010 climate bill, the repercussions of climate changes are already being felt across the world. We are losing species and ecosystems are unraveling in ways that managers have never before seen.

We need new tools and strategies to deal with these changes. In that effort, Island Press and EcoAdapt are proud to announce the launch of their new Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) at www.cakex.org. It is an innovative and comprehensive website to enable practitioners to manage the natural environment in the face of climate change.

"Despite the attention now focused on mitigating global warming, the reality is that some level of it is inevitable," said Island Press President, Charles Savitt. "Unfortunately, the field of climate adaptation is still in its infancy. That's where CAKE plays a critical role."

By providing foundational knowledge on adaptation, as well as new research and innovative work from the field, CAKE enables scientists and practitioners to define and build the field of adaptation. With five core resources that include case studies, a virtual library, directory, a community section, and data tools, CAKE aims to arm conservation professionals, scientists, policymakers, and others with a new, multidisciplinary approach for managing systems in the face of rapid change.

The Case Studies section contains a wealth of examples from practitioners in North America and around the world and includes projects, profiles, and links to material that can help start, or inform, other adaptation initiatives.

A Virtual Library offers vetted resources such as journal articles, presentations, reports, book chapters, and grey literature. CAKE is the first website where such materials are gathered in one central location, organized for ease of discovery.

The Community section provides a discussion f
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Contact: Jaime Jennings
jjennings@islandpress.org
202-232-7933 x44
Island Press
Source:Eurekalert

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