Habitat Conservation Plans and Climate Change: Recommendations for Policy
13 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2015 Last revised: 9 Oct 2015
Date Written: September 2015
Habitat conservation plans (HCPs) are critical tools for managing species and their habitats. Climate change poses special challenges for successful habitat conservation planning, but there are several steps to take to address these challenges. Key provisions in government regulations and guidance are at odds with considering climate change in HCPs, and revisions are recommended, including reliance on adaptive management. By looking to these recommended best practices, habitat conservation planning can be strengthened not only to address climate change, but to better reflect the changing context and environment in which HCPs must be implemented.
Keywords: Habitat Conservation Plans, HCPs, species, habitats, climate change, habitat conservation planning, environment
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