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Climate adaptation interventions for iconic fauna


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Mason, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8063-5812, Hobday, AJ, Alderman, R and Lea, M-A ORCID: 0000-0001-8318-9299 2021 , 'Climate adaptation interventions for iconic fauna' , Conservation Science and Practice, vol. 3, no. 7 , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1111/csp2.434.

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Climate adaptation is an emerging practice in biodiversity conservation, but little is known about the scope, scale, and effectiveness of implemented actions. Here, we review and synthesize published reports of climate adaptation interventions for iconic fauna. We present a systematic map of peer-reviewed literature databases (Web of Science and Scopus); however, only nine climate adaptation actions targeting iconic fauna were returned. In the grey and informal literature, there were many instances of practical intervention within our scope, that were not uncovered during traditional systematic search methods. The richness of actions reported in commercial news, government and non-government organization media outlets and other online sources vastly outweighs the limited studies that have been robustly evaluated and reported in the scientific literature. From our investigation of this emerging field of conservation practice, we draw insights and pen a series of recommendations for the field moving forward. Key recommendations for future adaptation interventions include: the sharing and publishing of climate-related conservation interventions, the use of standardized metrics for reporting outcomes, the implementation of experimental controls for any actions undertaken, and reporting and evaluation of both failures and successes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mason, C and Hobday, AJ and Alderman, R and Lea, M-A
Keywords: climate adaptation, wildlife conservation, climate change, wildlife management
Journal or Publication Title: Conservation Science and Practice
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISSN: 2578-4854
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/csp2.434
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© 2021 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology Conservation Science and Practice. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, ( which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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