Conserving biodiversity: Practical guidance about climate change adaptation approaches in support of land-use planning

Oswald J. Schmitz, Joshua J. Lawler, Paul Beier, Craig Groves, Gary Knight, Douglas A. Boyce, Jason Bulluck, Kevin M. Johnston, Mary L. Klein, Kit Muller, D. John Pierce, William R. Singleton, James R. Strittholt, David M. Theobald, Stephen C. Trombulak, Anne Trainor

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Abstract

As species' geographic ranges and ecosystem functions are altered in response to climate change, there is a need to integrate biodiversity conservation approaches that promote natural adaptation into land use planning. Successful conservation will need to embrace multiple climate adaptation approaches, but to date they have not been conveyed in an integrated way to help support immediate conservation planning and action in the face of inherent spatial uncertainty about future conditions. Instead, these multiple approaches are often conveyed as competing or contradictory alternatives, when in fact, they are complementary. We present a framework that synthesizes six promising spatially explicit adaptation approaches for conserving biodiversity. We provide guidance on implementing these adaptation approaches and include case studies that highlight how biodiversity conservation can be used in planning. We conclude with general guidance on choosing appropriate climate adaptation approaches to amend for conservation planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-203
Number of pages14
JournalNatural Areas Journal
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • climate adaptation
  • conservation planning
  • land use planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Schmitz, O. J., Lawler, J. J., Beier, P., Groves, C., Knight, G., Boyce, D. A., Bulluck, J., Johnston, K. M., Klein, M. L., Muller, K., Pierce, D. J., Singleton, W. R., Strittholt, J. R., Theobald, D. M., Trombulak, S. C., & Trainor, A. (2015). Conserving biodiversity: Practical guidance about climate change adaptation approaches in support of land-use planning. Natural Areas Journal, 35(1), 190-203. https://doi.org/10.3375/043.035.0120