Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice

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Type: Report
Year of publication: 2014
Editors: Bruce Stein, Patty Glick, Naomi Edelson, Amanda Staudt
Publishing institution: National Wildlife Federation
City: Washington, D.C.
Pages: 272

An important goal of this guidance is to help practitioners and policy-makers understand what constitutes “good” climate adaptation, how to recognize those characteristics in existing work, as well as how to design new interventions when necessary. Part I of this guide focuses on exploring climate-smart conservation, and offers a structured process for putting it into practice. To this end, we define “climate-smart conservation” as:

The intentional and deliberate consideration of climate change in natural resource management, realized through adopting forward-looking goals and explicitly linking strategies to key climate impacts and vulnerabilities.

Determining what represents appropriate and relevant adaptation is highly context specific, but there are a number of attributes that can help distinguish when and whether climate considerations are suitably being incorporated into conservation work. To assist practitioners in making that distinction, we have identified the following set of key characteristics that collectively define a climate-informed approach to conservation.

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