Challenges in assessing the vulnerability of species to climate change to inform conservation actions

Butt, N., Possingham, H. P., De Los Rios, C., Maggini, R., Fuller, R. A., Maxwell, S. L. and Watson, J. E. M. (2016) Challenges in assessing the vulnerability of species to climate change to inform conservation actions. Biological Conservation, 199 10-15. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.020


Author Butt, N.
Possingham, H. P.
De Los Rios, C.
Maggini, R.
Fuller, R. A.
Maxwell, S. L.
Watson, J. E. M.
Title Challenges in assessing the vulnerability of species to climate change to inform conservation actions
Journal name Biological Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3207
1873-2917
Publication date 2016-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.020
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 199
Start page 10
End page 15
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Understanding climate change impacts on species is vital for correctly estimating their extinction risk and choosing appropriate conservation actions. We perceive four common challenges that hamper conservation planning for species affected by climate change: (i) only considering climate exposure in assessments of vulnerability to climate change, ignoring the two other components of vulnerability (sensitivity and adaptive capacity); (ii) treating climate change as a long-term, gradual threat without recognising that it will change the frequency and magnitude of climate extremes; (iii) treating climate change as a future threat, disregarding current impacts of existing change; and, (iv) focusing on direct impacts of climate change, ignoring its interactions with other threats. We describe the implications of these challenges and urge that establishing management objectives in relation to species' vulnerability is crucial for choosing effective and efficient conservation action.
Keyword Climate change
Climate change impacts
Conservation planning
Objective-based conservation
Species vulnerability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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