Conservation in an age of climate change

National Wetlands Newsletter


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Are you a gardener? Then you know that certain species and varieties of species grow best in certain growing zones related to climate. This growing zone concept also applies to species in natural ecosystems. One threat of climate change to wetland biodiversity is that some species may be losing the ability to track an appropriate season for flowering, seed production and growth, impairing their ability to regenerate. Based on genetic constraints, such species may have a limited ability to adjust to changing climates. For biodiversity conservation to be successful in the future, the first order of business is to formulate the goals of such projects regardless of philosophical differences in approaches. If the real goal is to conserve species, then conservation planners may need to put all management options on the table. Despite the uncertainties, with the risk of species losses so imminent, the best strategy may be to throw any dogmatism out the window and use multiple approaches.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Conservation in an age of climate change
Series title National Wetlands Newsletter
Volume 35
Issue 3
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Environmental Law Institute
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, National Wetlands Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 25
Last page 26