Habitat Conservation Plans and Climate Change: Recommendations for Policy

13 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2015 Last revised: 9 Oct 2015

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Melinda E. Taylor

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law; University of Texas at Austin - Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business

Holly Doremus

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Melinda E. and Doremus, Holly, Habitat Conservation Plans and Climate Change: Recommendations for Policy (September 2015). 45 Environmental Law Reporter 10863; KBH Energy Center Research Paper No. 2015-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2600161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2600161

Melinda E. Taylor (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law

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University of Texas at Austin - Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business ( email )

727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
United States

Holly Doremus

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

790 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
510-643-5699 (Phone)

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