Building capacity for climate adaptation planning in protected area management: Options and challenges for World Heritage

Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Brenda B Lin, Mandy Hopkins, Rosemary Hill, Michael Dunlop, Nicholas MacGregor, Samuel D Merson, Caitlin Vertigan, Luke Donegan, Marian Sheppard, Jacqui Myers, Linda Thomas, Lola Visschers, Bianca McNeair, Lance Syme, Chrissy Grant, Nicholas Pedrocchi, Patricia Oakley, Amy Stevens, Denis RoseErin Rose, Jade Gould, John Locke, Lynda Maybanks, Tracy Ireland

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"Response and adaptation to the impacts of climate change is a vital and increasing requirement for protected area management. On the ground managers of cultural and natural values in protected places have requested practical guidance on how to undertake climate change impact analysis, vulnerability assessment, and adaptation plan- ning together with enhanced capacity for planning with partners, rightsholders and stakeholders. In this paper we explore how co-development and subsequent testing among World Heritage site managers, Indigenous ex- perts and researchers, produced guidance for assessing, responding to and planning for the impacts of climate change on the diverse values of World Heritage sites in Australia. We draw on the diversity of cultural and natural heritage values associated with the terrestrial, coastal and marine environments in Australian World Heritage sites, and the broad range of institutional contexts in these sites, to highlight considerations of relevance to other protected areas (including other World Heritage sites around the world, Ramsar wetlands and marine protected areas). Our paper highlights that, for climate adaptation planning to become a normal part of man- agement, there is a need for ongoing capacity building, including around the use of climate information to inform adaptation planning and implementation, as well as integrating Indigenous perspectives. Building capacity may
involve trial and error, negotiation, sharing, sourcing and interpreting new information, and changes in""expectations. It will require novel and more dynamic relationships between partners and stakeholders. Managers should include capacity building for climate adaptation planning and implementation as a specific climate"adaptation task in their planning."
Original languageEnglish
Article number110459
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalBiological Conservation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024


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