Biodiversity: adaptation pathways and opportunities

Reside, April E., Ceccarelli, Daniela M., Isaac, Joanne L., Hilbert, David W., Moran, Cath, Llewelyn, John, Macdonald, Stewart, Hoskin, Conrad J., Pert, Petina, and Parsons, Jennifer (2014) Biodiversity: adaptation pathways and opportunities. In: Moran, Catherine, Turton, Stephen M., and Hill, Rosemary, (eds.) Adaptation Pathways and Opportunities for the Wet Tropics NRM Cluster Region: volume 1: introduction, biodiversity and ecosystem services. James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia, pp. 11-74.

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The possibilities, issues and barriers pertaining to the adaptation of biodiversity to climate change show similarities across the different ecosystem types, species and processes of the Wet Tropics Cluster (WTC) region. Many management actions for climate change are the same as those already known to be important to biodiversity management: reduce or eliminate other anthropogenic stressors in order to build integrity and resilience into natural systems and ideally assist them to withstand the future pressures associated with climate change. However, climate change will also involve different approaches in many respects including facilitating change, especially the movement of species and ecosystems as they track suitable climate and conditions. In addition, 'in situ' conservation – managing species in their habitat, or facilitating their dispersal within the landscape - will be less expensive than 'ex situ' conservation (managing species outside their current range).

Item ID: 38714
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-9941500-2-8
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Date Deposited: 01 May 2015 06:42
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) @ 25%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 25%
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