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Climate change-conscious systematic conservation planning: A case study in the Peace River Break, British Columbia
Jerrica Mann (author)Pamela Wright (thesis advisor)Zoë Meletis (chair)Katherine Parker (committee member)Roger Wheate (committee member)Jodi Hilty (committee member)University of Northern British Columbia Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (Degree granting institution)
Master of Science (MSc)
Natural Resources & Environmental Studies
1 online resource (xviii, 236 pages)
The synergistic effects of anthropogenic disturbance, habitat fragmentation and climate change pose a significant threat to biodiversity that is challenging to predict. Anthropogenically driven climate change has already begun to impact critical climate regions and is now recognized to be one of the most serious threats to biodiversity and the conservation thereof. Despite this, few conservation planning initiatives have sought to sharpen the focus of the systematic conservation planning (SCP) framework to explicitly include climate change. To promote the evolution of the SCP framework into a climate change-conscious (CCC) approach to conservation planning, I developed and applied a methodology for incorporating climatechange resiliency into the SCP framework. This CCC-SCP methodology can be used to guide future conservation planning initiatives, helping conservation planners recognize and respond to opportunities for action, conserve our planet’s biodiversity and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Biodiversity--Climatic factors.Biodiversity conservation.Climate change mitigation.Climatic changes--Models.Peace River (B.C. and Alta.).