Canadian Forest Service Publications

Climate change and protected area policy and planning in Canada. 2005. Scott, D.; Lemieux, C. Forestry Chronicle 81(5): 696-703.

Year: 2005

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25752

Language: English

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Protected areas are the most common and most important strategy for biodiversity conservation and are called for under the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity. However, most protected areas have been designed to represent (and in theory protect for perpetuity) specific natural features, species and ecological communities in-situ, and have not taken into account potential shifts in ecosystem distribution and composition that could be induced by global climatic change. This paper provides an overview of the policy and planning implications of climate change for protected areas in Canada, summarizes a portfolio of climate change adaptation options that have been discussed in the conservation literature and by conservation professionals and provides a perspective on what is needed for the conservation community in Canada to move forward on responding to the threat posed by climate change.