Conservation in the Face of Climate Change: Recent Developments

Lawler, J.L., J.E.M. Watson and E.T. Game (2015). Conservation in the Face of Climate Change: Recent Developments. F1000 Research, 4, 1 – 9. An increased understanding of the current and potential future impacts of climate change has significantly influenced conservation in practice in recent years. Climate change has necessitated a shift toward longer planning time horizons, moving baselines, and evolving conservation goals and targets. This shift has resulted in new perspectives on, and changes in, the basic approaches practitioners use to conserve biodiversity. Restoration, spatial planning and reserve selection, connectivity modelling, extinction risk assessment, and species translocatio

Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments and adapta

Maxwell, S.L., Venter, O., Jones, K.R. and J. E. M. Watson (2015). Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1355: 98 – 116. The impact of climate change on biodiversity is now evident, with the direct impacts of changing temperature and rainfall patterns and increases in the magnitude and frequency of extreme events on species distribution, populations, and overall ecosystem function being increasingly publicized. Changes in the climate system are also affecting human communities, and a range of human responses across terrestrial and marine realms have been witnessed, includ

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