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Climate Savvy

Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World

Hansen, Lara J., Hoffman, Jennifer R.

2011, X, 246p.


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  • Lara Hansen is one of the most respected scientists working on wildlife adaptation to climate change
  • Presents general ideas, practical steps and strategies that can help cope with the new reality of climate change
  • Offers wide-range exploration of how to use climate change as an opportunity to build a more holistic, effective philosophy to work toward a more robust future

Climate change demands a change in how we envision, prioritize, and implement conservation and management of natural resources. Addressing threats posed by climate change cannot be simply an afterthought or an addendum, but must be integrated into the very framework of how we conceive of and conduct conservation and management.


In Climate Savvy, climate change experts Lara Hansen and Jennifer Hoffman offer 18 chapters that consider the implications of climate change for key resource management issues of our time—invasive species, corridors and connectivity, ecological restoration, pollution, and many others. How will strategies need to change to facilitate adaptation to a new climate regime? What steps can we take to promote resilience?


Based on collaboration with a wide range of scientists, conservation leaders, and practitioners, the authors present general ideas as well as practical steps and strategies that can help cope with this new reality.


While climate change poses real threats, it also provides a chance for creative new thinking. Climate Savvy offers a wide-ranging exploration of how scientists, managers, and policymakers can use the challenge of climate change as an opportunity to build a more holistic and effective philosophy that embraces the inherent uncertainty and variability of the natural world to work toward a more robust future.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Adaptation - Climate change - Resilience - Resource management - Restoration

Related subjects » Climate Change Management and Policy - Global Change - Climate Change - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 


Chapter 1 In the Beginning

Chapter 2 Climate Change and Its Effects: What You Need to Know

Chapter 3 Reconceiving Conservation and Resource Management


Chapter 4 Buying Time: The Tao of Adaptation

Chapter 5 Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change

Chapter 6 Developing Strategies to Reduce Vulnerability

Chapter 7 The Role of Models and Technology


Chapter 8 Strengthening Protected Areas

Chapter 9 Focusing on Species

Chapter 10 The Role of Connectivity

Chapter 11 Restoring for the Future

Chapter 12 The Hordes at the Gates: Beating Back Invasive Species, Pests, and Diseases



Chapter 13 Regulating Harvest in a Changing World

Chapter 14 Regulating Pollutants in a Changing World

Chapter 15 Integrating the Needs of Nature and People

Chapter 16 Adapting Governance for Change

Afterword: Creative Thinking in Conservation and Management


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