Chapter

Climate and Conservation

pp 16-30

Landscape and Seascape Climate Change Planning and Action

  • Molly S. CrossAffiliated withWildlife Conservation Society
  • , Anne M. SchragAffiliated withNorthern Great Plains Program
  • , Evan H. GirvetzAffiliated withGlobal Climate Change Program
  • , Carolyn A. F. EnquistAffiliated withNational Wildlife Foundation

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Abstract

As discussed in chapter 1, revisiting our conservation goals and actions in light of climate change does not mean that we must discard what we have learned about critical conservation tools and strategies. We do, however, need to explicitly consider future climate change as we make conservation investments. Although climate change will not always be the most urgent problem facing biodiversity conservation, it will increasingly constitute a lens through which we must examine our actions. By anticipating the direct and indirect consequences of different scenarios of climate change for the particular species, ecosystems, and natural processes we aim to protect—and then determining appropriate and necessary conservation actions in light of those changes—we increase the likelihood of making informed decisions about both near- and long-term threats that will improve our ability to achieve conservation success.