Ecological processes and disturbances occur at the landscape scale, extending across multiple ownerships. To facilitate climate adaptation planning and implementation for southwestern ecosystems and the human communities they support, we need new and existing collaborative partnerships that extend across jurisdictions working towards similar goals. It is now more important than ever to build and maintain partnerships, engage, and learn how to effectively collaborate with state and federal agencies, tribes, and the public. By working together, sharing Indigenous and western knowledge perspectives, being inclusive, and building trust, we can co-develop consistent and effective fire-adapted climate adaptation practices and develop consistent and effective adaptation strategies across our southwestern landscapes.
The SWFireCAP is an open and inclusive group of partners with a shared vision for working together to advance fire and climate adaptation in the southwestern US. We believe that the monumental task of effective climate adaptation requires cross-organization collaboration and leveraging of people, time, resources, and funding. Initiated by the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the SWFireCAP now has several partner organizations and is open to anyone interested in the intersection of climate change and fire in the Southwest.