Moving beyond the conceptual: specificity in regional climate change adaptation actions for biodiversity in South East Queensland, Australia

Shoo, Luke P., O’Mara, Julian, Perhans, Karin, Rhodes, Jonathan R., Runting, Rebecca K., Schmidt, Susanne, Traill, Lochran W., Weber, Lui C., Wilson, Kerrie A. and Lovelock, Catherine E. (2014) Moving beyond the conceptual: specificity in regional climate change adaptation actions for biodiversity in South East Queensland, Australia. Regional Environmental Change, 14 2: 435-447. doi:10.1007/s10113-012-0385-3


Author Shoo, Luke P.
O’Mara, Julian
Perhans, Karin
Rhodes, Jonathan R.
Runting, Rebecca K.
Schmidt, Susanne
Traill, Lochran W.
Weber, Lui C.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Lovelock, Catherine E.
Title Moving beyond the conceptual: specificity in regional climate change adaptation actions for biodiversity in South East Queensland, Australia
Journal name Regional Environmental Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1436-3798
1436-378X
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10113-012-0385-3
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 435
End page 447
Total pages 13
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract While many scientific assessments have been recommending general strategies for biodiversity conservation under climate change, translation of these recommendations into specific actions and practice has been limited. Focusing on two biomes, rainforest and wetlands in biodiverse South East Queensland, Australia, we demonstrate how general principles can be translated into specific actions for stakeholders and responsible agencies. We synthesize research that is contextualizing protection of refugia and habitat connectivity, establishing baseline data sets to detect change and developing strategic conservation planning scenarios to adjust reserve boundaries or situate new reserves. This has been achieved by coupling spatial information on biological assets (i.e. ecosystems and species) with future climate scenarios and process models to anticipate movement of critical habitats. Conservation planning software is also being used to prioritize investment to meet specific objectives. This approach is enabling us to identify at-risk biological assets, opportunities to ameliorate threats and obstacles to delivering regional adaptation actions. A larger total reserved area is needed, with proactive planning to capture areas further inland and along watercourses. Major obstacles include conflict between urbanization and priorities for habitat conservation and the need for greater levels of investment for monitoring programmes and to protect landward shifted wetlands on private land
Keyword Actions
Adaptation
Conservation
Evidence
Threats
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online : 12 December 2012

 
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