Making decisions to conserve species under climate change

Luke Shoo, Ary Hoffmann, Stephen Garnett, Robert Pressey, Yvette Williams, Martin Taylor, Lorena Falconi, Colin Yates, John Scott, Diogo Alagador, Stephen Williams

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    Severe impacts on biodiversity are predicted to arise from climate change. These impacts may not be adequately addressed by conventional approaches to conservation. As a result, additional management actions are now being considered. However, there is currently limited guidance to help decision makers choose which set of actions (and in what order) is most appropriate for species that are considered to be vulnerable. Here, we provide a decision framework for the full complement of actions aimed at conserving species under climate change from ongoing conservation in existing refugia through various forms of mobility enhancement to ex situ conservation outside the natural environment. We explicitly recognize that allocation of conservation resources toward particular actions may be governed by factors such as the likelihood of success, cost and likely co-benefits to non-target species in addition to perceived vulnerability of individual species. As such, we use expert judgment of probable tradeoffs in resource allocation to inform the sequential evaluation of proposed management interventions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-246
    Number of pages8
    JournalClimatic Change
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


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