The Nature Conservancy, Guam
Climate Change Challenge: Increased precipitation
Grant award: $216,696; year awarded: 2017
Few places in the United States are as vulnerable to climate change as the nation’s Pacific island territories. With stronger storms and greater precipitation extremes on the horizon, business-as-usual habitat restoration efforts will pay diminishing conservation returns here. Other climate-driven impacts affecting the Manell-Geus watershed of Guam include upland and stream bank erosion. The Nature Conservancy will deploy tools to control erosion, stabilize soils and protect native vegetation, including sediment socks and fiber mats. Project efforts will improve habitat for hundreds of fish and coral species, including endangered sea turtles and will provide a model for replication across Micronesia.