The Vulnerability of Threatened Species: Adaptive Capability and Adaptation Opportunity
AbstractGlobal targets to halt the loss of biodiversity have not been met, and there is now an additional Aichi target for preventing the extinction of known threatened species and improving their conservation status. Climate change increasingly needs to be factored in to these, and thus there is a need to identify the extent to which it could increase species vulnerability. This paper uses the exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity framework to assess the vulnerability of a selection of WWF global priority large mammals and marine species to climate change. However, it divides adaptive capacity into adaptive capability and adaptation opportunity, in order to identify whether adaptation is more constrained by the biology of the species or by its environmental setting. Lack of evidence makes it difficult to apply the framework consistently across the species, but it was found that, particularly for the terrestrial mammals, adaptation opportunities seems to be the greater constraint. This framework and analysis could be used by conservationists and those wishing to enhance the resilience of species to climate change. View Full-Text
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Berry, P.; Ogawa-Onishi, Y.; McVey, A. The Vulnerability of Threatened Species: Adaptive Capability and Adaptation Opportunity. Biology 2013, 2, 872-893.
Berry P, Ogawa-Onishi Y, McVey A. The Vulnerability of Threatened Species: Adaptive Capability and Adaptation Opportunity. Biology. 2013; 2(3):872-893.Chicago/Turabian Style
Berry, Pam; Ogawa-Onishi, Yuko; McVey, Andrew. 2013. "The Vulnerability of Threatened Species: Adaptive Capability and Adaptation Opportunity." Biology 2, no. 3: 872-893.