Environmental Management

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 732–743

Managing Protected Areas Under Climate Change: Challenges and Priorities

  • Sven Rannow
  • Nicholas A. Macgregor
  • Juliane Albrecht
  • Humphrey Q. P. Crick
  • Michael Förster
  • Stefan Heiland
  • Georg Janauer
  • Mike D. Morecroft
  • Marco Neubert
  • Anca Sarbu
  • Jadwiga Sienkiewicz
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00267-014-0271-5

Cite this article as:
Rannow, S., Macgregor, N.A., Albrecht, J. et al. Environmental Management (2014) 54: 732. doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0271-5

Abstract

The implementation of adaptation actions in local conservation management is a new and complex task with multiple facets, influenced by factors differing from site to site. A transdisciplinary perspective is therefore required to identify and implement effective solutions. To address this, the International Conference on Managing Protected Areas under Climate Change brought together international scientists, conservation managers, and decision-makers to discuss current experiences with local adaptation of conservation management. This paper summarizes the main issues for implementing adaptation that emerged from the conference. These include a series of conclusions and recommendations on monitoring, sensitivity assessment, current and future management practices, and legal and policy aspects. A range of spatial and temporal scales must be considered in the implementation of climate-adapted management. The adaptation process must be area-specific and consider the ecosystem and the social and economic conditions within and beyond protected area boundaries. However, a strategic overview is also needed: management at each site should be informed by conservation priorities and likely impacts of climate change at regional or even wider scales. Acting across these levels will be a long and continuous process, requiring coordination with actors outside the “traditional” conservation sector. To achieve this, a range of research, communication, and policy/legal actions is required. We identify a series of important actions that need to be taken at different scales to enable managers of protected sites to adapt successfully to a changing climate.

Keywords

Conservation managementClimate adaptationMonitoringAssessing sensitivityManagement practicesLegal and policy advice

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Rannow
    • 1
  • Nicholas A. Macgregor
    • 2
  • Juliane Albrecht
    • 3
  • Humphrey Q. P. Crick
    • 4
  • Michael Förster
    • 5
  • Stefan Heiland
    • 6
  • Georg Janauer
    • 7
  • Mike D. Morecroft
    • 8
  • Marco Neubert
    • 3
  • Anca Sarbu
    • 9
  • Jadwiga Sienkiewicz
    • 10
  1. 1.Biosphere Reserve River Landscape Elbe-BrandenburgRühstädtGermany
  2. 2.Natural EnglandLondonUK
  3. 3.Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional DevelopmentDresdenGermany
  4. 4.Natural EnglandCambridgeUK
  5. 5.Geoinformation in Environmental Planning LabTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  6. 6.Department of Landscape Planning and DevelopmentTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  7. 7.Department of LimnologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  8. 8.Natural EnglandWorcesterUK
  9. 9.Department of Botany-MicrobiologyUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania
  10. 10.Environmental Protection InstituteWarsawPoland