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Conservation Introductions for Biodiversity Adaptation under Climate Change

McCormack, PC ORCID: 0000-0001-6751-8291 2018 , 'Conservation Introductions for Biodiversity Adaptation under Climate Change' , Transnational Environmental Law, vol. 7, no. 2 , pp. 323-345 , doi: 10.1017/S2047102517000383.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McCormack, PC
Keywords: climate adaptation, conservation law, assisted colonization, ecological replacement, threatened species
Journal or Publication Title: Transnational Environmental Law
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 2047-1025
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/S2047102517000383
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Copyright 2018 Cambridge University Press

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