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Preparing for and Managing Change: Climate Adaptation for Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Bruce Stein, Amanda Staudt, Molly Cross, Natalie Dubois, Carolyn Enquist, Roger Griffis, Lara Hansen, Amber Pairis, Jessica J Hellmann, Joshua J Lawler, and Erik J Nelson
Created: 11/06/2013 - Updated: 8/08/2018


The emerging field of climate change adaptation has experienced a dramatic increase in attention as the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystems have become more evident. Preparing for and addressing these changes are now prominent themes in conservation and natural resource policy and practice. Adaptation increasingly is viewed as a way of managing change, rather than just maintaining existing conditions. There is also increasing recognition of the need not only to adjust management strategies in light of climate shifts, but to reassess and, as needed, modify underlying conservation goals. Major advances in the development of climate-adaptation principles, strategies, and planning processes have occurred over the past few years, although implementation of adaptation plans continues to lag. With ecosystems expected to undergo continuing climate-mediated changes for years to come, adaptation can best be thought of as an ongoing process, rather than as a fixed endpoint.


Published On

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Habitat extent
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products

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