, which shows how by following seven major principles the statecould accommodate this growth in a more environmentally sensitive way that wouldactually be more economical for the state.Now more than ever, the FWC realizes that recognizing the unique attributesof Florida’s ecology and natural resources and the role they play in creating aquality lifestyle for Floridians is critical. The future depends on science-basedmanagement, and a proactive look at deliberate growth leadership.
a report by the FWC (see MyFWC.com), shows Florida’snatural lands and waters are at the core of our prosperity, bringing billions of dollars in economic benefits to our state every year. The report predicts what wouldhappen if current growth patterns continue, but it also highlights activities thathave been pursued to shape growth in an environmentally sensitive andcommunity-friendly way. By building on these lessons we can prevent haphazardsprawl, maintain a natural fish and wildlife community and ensure futuregenerations can continue to enjoy them.One of the seven principles referenced by the
report relatesto climate change as do some of the key concerns in
. Projections forglobal warming posit severe threats to the future of our ecology, fish and wildlife,and recreational use, in particular as shoreline areas become more inundated byrising water levels over the next century.The FWC has taken a leadership role in this area too by holding a summitentitled “Florida’s Wildlife: On the Frontline of Climate Change.” The summitincluded Nobel Peace Prize laureates Dr. Jean Brennan, from Defenders of Wildlife,