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Polar lessons learned: long-term management based on shared threats in Arctic and Antarctic environments


Bennett, JR and Shaw, JD and Terauds, A and Smol, JP and Aerts, R and Bergstrom, DM and Blais, JM and Cheung, WWL and Chown, SL and Lea, MA and Nielsen, UN and Pauly, D and Reimer, KJ and Riddle, MJ and Snape, I and Stark, JS and Tulloch, VJ and Possingham, HP, Polar lessons learned: long-term management based on shared threats in Arctic and Antarctic environments, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13, (6) pp. 316-324. ISSN 1540-9295 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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2015 The Ecological Society of America

DOI: doi:10.1890/140315


The Arctic and Antarctic polar regions are subject to multiple environmental threats, arising from both local and ex-situ human activities. We review the major threats to polar ecosystems including the principal stressor, climate change, which interacts with and exacerbates other threats such as pollution, fisheries overexploitation, and the establishment and spread of invasive species. Given the lack of progress in reducing global atmospheric greenhouse-gas emissions, we suggest that managing the threats that interact synergistically with climate change, and that are potentially more tractable, is all the more important in the short to medium term for polar conservation. We show how evidence-based lessons learned from scientific research can be shared between the poles on topics such as contaminant mitigation, biosecurity protocols to reduce species invasions, and the regulation of fisheries and marine environments. Applying these trans-polar lessons in tandem with expansion of international cooperation could substantially improve environmental management in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental threats, pollution, fisheries overexploitation, invasive species, contaminant mitigation, biosecurity protocols
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Impact Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
UTAS Author:Lea, MA (Associate Professor Mary-Anne Lea)
ID Code:106448
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-02-10
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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