Climate Change Adaptation
Burrowing Owl - photo credit: Catherine Jardin 2009
Proactive investments in the knowledge and tools for effective biodiversity management under a changing climate regime will deliver significant benefits to people and avoid crisis-driven interventions that are by their nature reactive, costly and often ineffective. The ABMI is leading a collaborative biodiversity management and climate change adaptation program that uses our biodiversity database, monitoring protocols, and ecological models to help Albertans adapt to a changing climate.
Starting in 2012, the goals of this program are twofold:
1) Define the scope of change required to effectively manage biodiversity under a changing climatic regime.
2) Support Alberta’s biodiversity management system with essential knowledge and tools for successful adaptation to a changing future climate. Key priorities include regional land use planning, enhancing ecosystem services in local communities, and management strategies to control invasive species and recover species at risk.