Embracing Change - Adapting Conservation Approaches to Address a Changing Climate

M. Cross, E. Rowland, E. Tully, L. Oakes, and D Long
Created: 3/16/2018 - Updated: 4/17/2018

Abstract

Climate change may undermine the effectiveness of current efforts to conserve wildlife and ecosystems. Given that time and money for conservation are limited, there is a need for responsible investments that embrace the realities of a changing climate. A thorough consideration of anticipated climate change impacts can reveal the necessity of intentional, strategic, and forward-looking adjustments to what kinds of actions are being implemented, where actions are located, when actions are needed, and what goals those actions are designed to achieve. This report offers real-world examples of how conservation practitioners are already beginning to modify the WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and WHY of their conservation endeavors. These stories are intended to inspire others to take a closer look at their conservation strategies and determine whether different approaches will be needed to make the most of limited conservation dollars in the context of climate change and uncertainty. 

 

Keywords

Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building