Strategies for Managing the Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Ecosystems

Published by the Heinz Center, this report provides a review of scientific literature on climate change adaptation as it relates to biodiversity conservation and wildlife management, and assesses climate change adaptation plans developed in the U.S.A., Canada, England, México, and South Africa.

From these reviews, eighteen strategies related to land/water protection and management, species conservation, monitoring and planning, and law and policy are identified to help manage the effects of climate change on wildlife and biodiversity. For each of the eighteen strategies, a brief summary and discussion of its advantages and disadvantages (including availability of tools or techniques for implementation, as well as relative costs) is provided. A decision tree is presented to help natural resource managers select the most appropriate set of strategies for use in particular management situations.

Publication Date: November 4, 2008

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