Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Law
In: J.M. Verschuuren (ed.), Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Law, Edward Elgar Publishers 2013, 298-324
19 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2015 Last revised: 25 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2013
This chapter is intended to contribute to the identification of the legal challenges involved in the adaptation of biodiversity, and of biodiversity law, to climate change, and of suitable ways to address these challenges. In doing so, the chapter focuses primarily, albeit not exclusively, on international legal instruments. The chapter is structured as follows. The next, second section concisely introduces the various impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems, as well as the biodiversity adaptation measures commonly recommended in the scientific literature. The third section provides an overall analysis of the role of biodiversity law in this regard, including by distilling and combining key findings from previous studies. This is complemented in the fourth section by an in-depth analysis of one type of action which is universally regarded as crucial to a successful adaptation of biodiversity to climate change, namely the maintenance and restoration of adequate connectivity in order to allow organisms to disperse naturally through landscapes in pursuit of suitable climatic conditions. The fifth section contains concluding observations.
Keywords: climate change, adaptation, biodiversity, environmental law, international law
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