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Persecuting, protecting or ignoring biodiversity under climate change


Scheffers, BR and Pecl, G, Persecuting, protecting or ignoring biodiversity under climate change, Nature Climate Change, 9, (8) pp. 581-586. ISSN 1758-678X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0526-5


A climate-driven global redistribution of species is currently underway. As species alter their geographical distributions under climate change, many will not only cross into new habitats but also new geopolitical areas. In this Perspective, we discuss the historical archetypes of managing species redistribution—persecution, protection or ignorance—which points to diverse decisions and outcomes based on a balance of societal and ecological valuation. We build the case for increasing transboundary monitoring and management of species, and for shared governance agreements that are global in scope, consisting of legally binding and biologically defensible contracts among partner countries, in what would be a critical step for the future conservation of all species.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, species redistribution, governance
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:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pecl, G (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:139566
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-06-22
Last Modified:2020-07-09

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