Managing Ecosystem Effects in an Era of Rapid Climate Change

Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Volume I: Climate Change Law, pp. 555-665, Elgar, Michael Faure, Editor, 2016

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2017-04

13 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017 Last revised: 2 Feb 2017

Alejandro E. Camacho

University of California Irvine School of Law; Center for Progressive Reform

Date Written: January 27, 2017

Abstract

Climate change is exerting significant pressure on ecosystems. Without management strategies that impede harmful invasions and help vulnerable resources adapt, biodiversity and ecological function will likely decline. However, governing processes are too often insufficiently adaptive, and many resource laws are not designed primarily to facilitate biodiversity or promote ecological health. Many laws are primarily directed at promoting consumptive use; others on promoting historical fidelity; still others on limiting human management. Global climate change causes these various conservation goals to be increasingly at odds with each other and with promoting biodiversity. Except in rare circumstances when decline in ecological health is deemed an acceptable trade-off for historical fidelity, non-intervention, and/or human consumption or development, natural resources laws must be better adapted to accommodate change not only through adaptive management measures that integrate flexibility into regulatory processes, but also by promoting substantive goals that emphasize ecological health.

Keywords: Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Ecological Health, Endangered Species, Native, Invasive, Exotic, Wildlife, Assisted Migration, Wildlife Corridors, Public Lands, Wilderness

Suggested Citation

Camacho, Alejandro E., Managing Ecosystem Effects in an Era of Rapid Climate Change (January 27, 2017). Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Volume I: Climate Change Law, pp. 555-665, Elgar, Michael Faure, Editor, 2016; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2017-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908368

Alejandro E. Camacho (Contact Author)

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