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Conservation introductions for biodiversity adaptation under climate change


McCormack, PC, Conservation introductions for biodiversity adaptation under climate change, Transnational Environmental Law, 7, (2) pp. 323-345. ISSN 2047-1025 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S2047102517000383


Anthropogenic climate change represents a wicked problem, both for the Earth’s natural systems and for biodiversity conservation law and policy. Legal frameworks for conservation have a critical role to play in helping species and ecosystems to adapt as the climate changes. However, they are currently poorly equipped to regulate adaptation strategies that demand high levels of human intervention. This article investigates law and policy for conservation introductions, which involve relocating species outside their historical habitat. It takes as a case study Australian law on conservation introductions, demonstrating theoretical and practical legal hurdles to these strategies at international, national and subnational levels. The article argues that existing legal mechanisms may be repurposed, in some cases, to better regulate conservation introduction projects. However, new legal mechanisms are also needed, and soon, to effectively conserve species and ecosystems in a period of unprecedented ecological change.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate adaptation, conservation law, assisted colonization, ecological replacement, threatened species
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:127283
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-07-20
Last Modified:2018-12-07

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