A decision framework for considering climate change adaptation in biodiversity conservation planning

Oliver, Tom H.; Smithers, Richard J.; Bailey, Sallie; Walmsley, Clive A.; Watts, Kevin. 2012 A decision framework for considering climate change adaptation in biodiversity conservation planning. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49 (6). 1247-1255.

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1. General principles of climate change adaptation for biodiversity have been formulated, but do not help prioritize actions. This is inhibiting their integration into conservation planning. 2. We address this need with a decision framework that identifies and prioritizes actions to increase the adaptive capacity of species. The framework classifies species according to their current distribution and projected future climate space, as a basis for selecting appropriate decision trees. 3. Decisions rely primarily on expert opinion, with additional information from quantitative models, where data are available. The framework considers in-situ management, followed by interventions at the landscape scale and finally translocation or ex-situ conservation. 4. Synthesis and applications: From eight case studies, the key interventions identified for integrating climate change adaptation into conservation planning were local management and expansion of sites. We anticipate that, in combination with consideration of socio-economic and local factors, the decision framework will be a useful tool for conservation and natural resource managers to integrate adaptation measures into conservation plans.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > BD01 Conservation and Restoration of Biodiversity > BD01.4 Management of species and ecosystems
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISSN: 0021-8901
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Additional Keywords: adaptive capacity, connectivity, habitat management, habitat restoration, sensitivity, threatened species, translocation, vulnerability
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 11 Jan 2013 10:49 +0 (UTC)

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