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Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World

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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.

Book News Annotation:

The "tao" of adaptation is introduced by Drs. Hansen and Hoffman (Buying Time: A Users' Guide to Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems), among the founders of EcoAdapt, a nonprofit organization working on ecosystem-oriented climate change adaptation strategies. Following an overview of the effects of climate change and vulnerability to them and critique of status quo resource conservation and management paradigms, they discuss adaptation management for promoting land and species sustainability using integrated models for adaptive thinking and planning based on new information. The book features maps and satellite images showing climate change indicators, examples of adaptation strategies, and a companion website. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


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About the Author

Lara J. Hansen is Executive Director of EcoAdapt, a nonprofit organization focused on adapting conservation and resource management to climate change.

Jennifer R. Hoffman is Director of projects for EcoAdapt. With Jennifer Biringer, they wrote and edited Buying Time: A Users Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems.

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


PART I. Building the Plan

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


PART II. Taking Action

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


PART III. Rethinking Governance, Policy, and Regulation

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


About the Authors


Product Details

Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World
Island Press
Hoffman, Jennifer Ruth
Hansen, Lara J.
Applied Sciences
Conservation of natural resources
Climatic changes
Human Geography
Environmental Studies-General
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Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Climate Change and Global Warming
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Management

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