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Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy

Our goal

A 10% or greater improvement in the health, function, and connectivity of Southeastern ecosystems by 2060

Near-term metrics:
  • 1% improvement in the health, function, and connectivity of Southeastern ecosystems every 4 years
  • 1% increase in conservation actions within the Southeast Conservation Blueprint every 4 years

To read more, view this 1-pager on the SECAS goal.

Progress toward achieving the goal

The 2019 progress report, Recent trends in Southeastern ecosystems, is based on the most recent 3-6 years of available data from existing Southeast-wide monitoring programs. Here’s a snapshot from the report showing whether each indicator is on track for 1% or greater improvement every four years:

Indicator scores from the report
Estimated percent change in indicator over 4 years based on most recently available data.

Intended uses for goal

Basis for goal numbers

The long-term goal is intended to be both ambitious and achievable. It is based on a synthesis of 12 regional and subregional ecosystem assessments covering the Southeast (e.g., Everglades Report Card, State of the South Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay Report Card, State of the Birds, etc.). The near-term goals identify minimum progress needed to stay on track with meeting the long-term goal.