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Biodiversity conservation law and climate change adaptation


McCormack, PC, Biodiversity conservation law and climate change adaptation, Australian Law Journal, 92, (10) pp. 839-845. ISSN 0004-9611 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Australia is home to a rich diversity of life, including a great many species and ecological communities that occur nowhere else on Earth. However, this biodiversity is in a rapid decline, driven by threats such as habitat loss and the impacts of invasive species. Climate change will exacerbate these existing threats. In many cases, climate-driven changes to temperature, rainfall and extreme events will exceed the capacity of species and ecological communities to adapt. Australia’s environmental laws must be equipped to anticipate and respond to these climate-driven changes. This article highlights key climate change challenges for biodiversity and Australia’s conservation laws, and argues for a stronger focus on climate adaptation in law. In particular, such a focus would require a renewed commitment to implementing existing conservation laws; integrating climate change as a fundamental consideration in conservation decision-making; and legal reform to enable proactive, human interventions to facilitate adaptation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, adaptation, environment, objectives
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McCormack, PC (Ms Phillipa McCormack)
ID Code:129448
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-11-30
Last Modified:2018-12-07

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