Chapter 18. Climate Change and Conservation

  1. Nigel Leader-Williams Professor of Biodiversity Management Director3,
  2. William M. Adams3 and
  3. Robert J. Smith Research Fellow Senior Fellow4
  1. Stephen G. Willis Lecturer1,
  2. David G. Hole Climate Change Researcher2 and
  3. Brian Huntley Professor consultant1

Published Online: 3 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324907.ch18

Trade-Offs in Conservation: Deciding What to Save

Trade-Offs in Conservation: Deciding What to Save

How to Cite

Willis, S. G., Hole, D. G. and Huntley, B. (2010) Climate Change and Conservation, in Trade-Offs in Conservation: Deciding What to Save (eds N. Leader-Williams, W. M. Adams and R. J. Smith), Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324907.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, UK

  2. 4

    Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NR, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Durham University, UK

  2. 2

    Conservation International, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193832

Online ISBN: 9781444324907



  • future challenges;
  • climate change and conservation;
  • trade-offs, climate change impact on biodiversity;
  • global climate change - species shifting, within bounds of climatic tolerances;
  • migratory species - complications of climate change, in breeding and non-breeding ranges;
  • strategies, in biodiversity conservation;
  • conservationists and legislators - paradigm shift of what constitutes a protected area;
  • degree of connectivity between individual protected areas - major problems for protected area networks and climatic changes;
  • translocation sites, novel areas where species - has never occurred in historical times;
  • combined threats of climate change and habitat loss


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Global climate change

  • Impacts of recent climate change on species

  • Potential problems arising from future climate change

  • Strategies to conserve biodiversity

  • Projecting changes due to climate change

  • Combined threats of climate change and habitat loss

  • Lags in climate change impacts

  • An integrated and holistic approach to developing conservation strategy

  • Trade-offs and prioritization

  • Acknowledgments

  • References