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Climate-ready revegetation: A guide for natural resource managers


Hancock, N and Harris, R and Broadhurst, L and Hughes, L, Climate-ready revegetation: A guide for natural resource managers, Macquarie University & Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Sydney. ISBN 978-0-9925006-1-0 (2016) [Report Other]

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This Guide represents a first attempt at compiling online tools available to assist natural resource managers incorporate the inherent uncertainties associated with climate change when planning revegetation activities. The information in the Guide is based on the premise that survival and resilience will be enhanced for species and local populations with large, genetically diverse populations. Species differ in their vulnerability to climate change. Species that cannot evolve and adapt to new environmental conditions in-situ as fast as the climate changes, or disperse to more suitable climes, will be more vulnerable than those with the evolutionary potential and/or the capacity to disperse. In theory, plants with wide distributions are more likely to cope with climate change than those with narrow distributions. However, even if a speciesí distribution indicates that it is able to tolerate a broad range of climate conditions, survival of local populations is not guaranteed. Small populations may require genetic rescue (incorporating nonlocal genetic material) to boost their capacity to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

The Guide provides step-by-step instructions on where to find and how to use climate projections and how to consider the suitability of species and provenances for revegetation projects. The consideration of factors other than climate change to determine the suitability of species and provenance selection (e.g. soil characteristics, topography and aspect) are covered in other publications and are not addressed in this Guide (e.g. the Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia (SERA), or look for regional examples such as

Item Details

Item Type:Report Other
Keywords:revegetation, climate change, natural resource management
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:Harris, R (Dr Rebecca Harris)
ID Code:144602
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2021-05-30
Last Modified:2021-05-31

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