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Importance of species translocations under rapid climate change


Butt, N and Chauvenet, ALM and Adams, VM and Beger, M and Gallagher, RV and Shanahan, DF and Ward, M and Watson, JEM and Possingham, HP, Importance of species translocations under rapid climate change, Conservation Biology pp. 1-9. ISSN 0888-8892 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 Society for Conservation Biology

DOI: doi:10.1111/cobi.13643


Species that cannot adapt or keep pace with a changing climate are likely to need human intervention to shift to more suitable climates. While hundreds of articles mention using translocation as a climate-change adaptation tool, in practice, assisted migration as a conservation action remains rare, especially for animals. This is likely due to concern over introducing species to places where they may become invasive. However, there are other barriers to consider, such as time-frame mismatch, sociopolitical, knowledge and uncertainty barriers to conservationists adopting assisted migration as a go-to strategy. We recommend the following to advance assisted migration as a conservation tool: attempt assisted migrations at small scales, translocate species with little invasion risk, adopt robust monitoring protocols that trigger an active response, and promote political and public support.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:assisted migration, climate change, conservation management, extinction, threatened species
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Associate Professor Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:141901
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-12-01
Last Modified:2021-03-16

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