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The best way to prepare for climate change and avoid negative impacts to important resources is to keep these resources as healthy and strong as possible.

Terrestrial Adaptation Strategies: Establish community rules to protect upland native vegetation and riparian zones from clearing and burning. Educate or manage for invasive species. Prevent the introduction of invasive plant species, which typically are less effective at holding soil. Apply wise agricultural practices that minimize the clearing of land and erosion of soil. Restore upland vegetation.

Water Resources Adaptation Strategies: Fix leaky pipes to existing water tanks. Install household or community water catchment and tanks to conserve for times of limited rain or drought. Protect reservoirs and freshwater lenses are free from pollution and managed to avoid evaporation. Ensure wells are designed and managed to allow sustainable use. Use solar distillation systems to supplement drinking water in remote areas.

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