Biodiversity conservation in a changing climate: a review of threats and implications for conservation planning in Myanmar

Rao, Madhu, Htun, Saw, Platt, Steven G., Tizard, Robert, Poole, Colin, Myint, Than and Watson, James E. M. (2013) Biodiversity conservation in a changing climate: a review of threats and implications for conservation planning in Myanmar. Ambio, 42 7: 789-804. doi:10.1007/s13280-013-0423-5

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Author Rao, Madhu
Htun, Saw
Platt, Steven G.
Tizard, Robert
Poole, Colin
Myint, Than
Watson, James E. M.
Title Biodiversity conservation in a changing climate: a review of threats and implications for conservation planning in Myanmar
Journal name Ambio   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0044-7447
1654-7209
Publication date 2013-11
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13280-013-0423-5
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 42
Issue 7
Start page 789
End page 804
Total pages 16
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
High levels of species richness and endemism make Myanmar a regional priority for conservation. However, decades of economic and political sanctions have resulted in low conservation investment to effectively tackle threats to biodiversity. Recent sweeping political reforms have placed Myanmar on the fast track to economic development—the expectation is increased economic investments focused on the exploitation of the country’s rich, and relatively intact, natural resources. Within a context of weak regulatory capacity and inadequate environmental safeguards, rapid economic development is likely to have far-reaching negative implications for already threatened biodiversity and natural-resource-dependent human communities. Climate change will further exacerbate prevailing threats given Myanmar’s high exposure and vulnerability. The aim of this review is to examine the implications of increased economic growth and a changing climate within the larger context of biodiversity conservation in Myanmar. We summarize conservation challenges, assess direct climatological impacts on biodiversity and conclude with recommendations for long-term adaptation approaches for biodiversity conservation.
Keyword Myanmar
Climate change
Economic development
Protected areas
Biodiversity
Threats
Burma
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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