Earth and Life Sciences
Climate change and challenges for conservation - Grantham Briefing Paper 13
Topics: Impacts and adaptation
Type: Briefing paper
Publication date: July 2015
Authors: Dr Maria Dickinson, Professor Iain Colin Prentice, and Professor Georgina Mace (UCL)
Climate change is predicted to have major implications for species and ecosystems, acting as a driver of biodiversity loss in its own right and amplifying the effects of existing threats. It differs from other threats, such as land-use change or over-exploitation, in the global extent and pervasive nature of its potential impacts on biodiversity. This briefing paper asks, to what extent does climate change require a re-think of conservation policy, planning and practice?
- Biodiversity has been significantly depleted by non-climatic factors, such as land-use change. Climate change will exacerbate this loss and compromise ecosystem integrity.
- Integrated approaches will be necessary to evaluate species’ responses to climate change, which will be more complex and more uncertain than range shifts alone.
- This paper recommends applying new perspectives to traditional conservation practices. A global and flexible approach to biodiversity protection and resource management may be needed for successful conservation policy and planning.
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- Executive summary
- Current and past responses to climate change
- Lessons for conservation in a climate change context
- Conclusions and recommendations
- Our work : The impact of climate change on ecosystems