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Going with the flow? Threatened species management and legislation in the face of climate change


  • Paul Adam

  • Paul Adam is Associate Professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia. He served on the NSW Scientific Committee as Deputy Chair 1996–2002 and Chair 2002–2004.


Summary  The potential impacts of climate change on threatened species, populations and communities are considered. It is suggested that minor changes to legislation will be required to address the consequences of movement of threatened species but that threatened species legislation will remain relevant as an important tool for prioritizing conservation actions. The importance of taking proactive steps now to permit future movement of species and communities across fragmented landscapes is emphasized.

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