Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning

Maxwell, Sean L., Venter, Oscar, Jones, Kendall R. and Watson, James E. M. (2015) Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1355 1: 98-116. doi:10.1111/nyas.12952


Author Maxwell, Sean L.
Venter, Oscar
Jones, Kendall R.
Watson, James E. M.
Title Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning
Journal name Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1749-6632
0077-8923
Publication date 2015-10-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/nyas.12952
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 1355
Issue 1
Start page 98
End page 116
Total pages 19
Place of publication Hoboken NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract The impact of climate change on biodiversity is now evident, with the direct impacts of changing temperature and rainfall patterns and increases in the magnitude and frequency of extreme events on species distribution, populations, and overall ecosystem function being increasingly publicized. Changes in the climate system are also affecting human communities, and a range of human responses across terrestrial and marine realms have been witnessed, including altered agricultural activities, shifting fishing efforts, and human migration. Failing to account for the human responses to climate change is likely to compromise climate-smart conservation efforts. Here, we use a well-established conservation planning framework to show how integrating human responses to climate change into both species- and site-based vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans is possible. By explicitly taking into account human responses, conservation practitioners will improve their evaluation of species and ecosystem vulnerability, and will be better able to deliver win-wins for human- and biodiversity-focused climate adaptation.
Keyword Action evaluation
Decision
Dual benefit
Feasibility
Framework
Management
Risk
Solution
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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