Climate change and biodiversity paper is editor’s choice

Are existing biodiversity conservation strategies appropriate in a changing climate?

A new native woodland at Bleasby.  Woodland creation grant (WCG) under English Woodland Grant Scheme  (EWGS)A paper in the journal, Biological Conservation, by Forest Research scientist, Dr Kevin Watts, showing that conservation plans for endangered species of plants and animals are more effective when climate change is included as a factor in habitat management, has been chosen as the editor’s choice for January.

Using a decision framework specifically developed to identify and prioritise climate change adaptation actions, the researchers compared the actions it identified for 30 threatened species associated with three different habitats with those included in existing conservation plans. Many existing conservation recommendations were also identified by the decision framework. However, the study showed that there are large differences in the spatial prioritisation of actions when projected climate change impacts are considered.

As an editor’s choice this paper is free to download until January 2017.

Oliver, T.H., Smithers, R.J., Beale, C.M., Watts, K. (2016) Are existing biodiversity conservation strategies appropriate in a changing climate? Biological Conservation, 193 17-26