Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
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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.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?
Series title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI 10.1890/130352
Volume 13
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Southwest Climate Science Center
First page 163
Last page 169
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