[MCN] I have the pdf: Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Sun Apr 16 16:26:34 EDT 2017

Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?
Paul R Armsworthet all
April 2015

Conservation organizations must adapt to respond to the ecological impacts of global change. Numerous changes to conservation actions (eg facilitated ecological transitions, managed relocations, or increased corridor development) have been recommended, but some institutional restructuring within organizations may also be needed. Here we discuss the capacity of conservation organizations to adapt to changing environmental conditions, focusing primarily on public agencies and nonprofits active in land protection and management in the US. After first reviewing how these organizations anticipate and detect impacts affecting target species and ecosystems, we then discuss whether they are sufficiently flexible to prepare and respond by reallocating funding, staff, or other resources. We raise new hypotheses about how the configuration of different organizations enables them to protect particular conservation targets and manage for particular biophysical changes that require coordinated management actions over different spatial and temporal scales. Finally, we provide a discussion resource to help conservation organizations assess their capacity to adapt.
2006 - “Climate change is not a new topic in biology...... Observations of range shifts in parallel with climate change ... date back to the mid-1700s.”

“This review  …  deals exclusively with observed responses of wild biological species and systems ….  “

"A surprising result is the high proportion of species responding to recent, relatively mild climate change (global average warming of 0.6 C)." 

Parmesan, Camille. Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent Climate Change. The Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics  37: pp. 637-69. 2006.

2016  - “Climate change impacts have now been documented across every ecosystem on Earth, despite an average warming of only ~1°C so far.”

Scheffers et al. The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people. Science, 11 NOVEMBER 2016

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