Beyond Reserves and Corridors: Policy Solutions to Facilitate the Movement of Plants and Animals in a Changing Climate

Kostyack, John; Lawler, Joshua J.; Goble, Dale D.; Olden, Julian D.; Scott, J. Michael
September 2011
BioScience;Sep2011, Vol. 61 Issue 9, p713
Academic Journal
As the Earth's climate changes, many species will have to move across human-dominated landscapes to track suitable climates and changing ecosystems. Given the magnitude of projected future climate change, expanding and connecting reserve networks — two of the most commonly recommended adaptation strategies for protecting biodiversity in a changing climate — will be necessary but insufficient for preventing climate-induced extinctions. In the present article, we explore additional policy options that could be implemented to facilitate species movements in a changing climate. We discuss both existing and new policies that have the potential to increase landscape permeability, protect species on the move, and physically move species to address climate change.


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